September 24, 2022

Mike Bloomberg pledges $100 million to help Biden beat Trump in Florida and earns a Twitter rant

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Donald Trump hasn’t paid a lot of attention to billionaire Mike Bloomberg since the former New York City mayor dropped out of the Democratic race for president after a dismal performance in early March’s Super Tuesday primary contest, despite the business media mogul’s copious campaign spending.


That changed today when news of Bloomberg’s intention to spend $100 million to help Joe Biden capture Florida’s electoral college votes caught the president’s attention.

Trump lashed out in the only way he knows how to attack his opponents — with belittling tweets that insulted the former mayor over his diminutive stature and his failed primary ambitions.

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One shot at Bloomberg apparently wasn’t enough for the vengeful president, already seething over the dismal poll numbers that have never seen him leading Biden on a national basis.

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His next tweet practically invited vulture capitalists to take on the primary source of Bloomberg’s wealth, his business media empire.

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“Just askin'” is a relatively new addition to Trump’s vernacular that he’s employed frequently recently.

It allows him some plausible deniability while he’s shit-stirring the political waters since he can simply say he never actually accused Bloomberg of profiting off of his political office.

No, he was just innocently asking about it.

It takes a lot of nerve — and psychological projection — to allege, however, so obliquely, that someone else is using their political power for personal profit after the president has soaked the U.S. taxpayers for hundreds of thousands of dollars in accommodations and golf cart rentals for his own Secret Service details at his resorts that he visits so frequently and has turned his Washington DC Hotel into a lucrative GOP canteen.

That Trump was so incensed over the news of Bloomberg’s assistance in Biden’s Florida campaign confirms the importance of the swing state in any scenario that could result in the president’s re-election.

While Biden still maintains a lead over Trump in the state’s polls, the difference has narrowed in recent weeks as support for the president among Cuban Americans in Florida has grown as Trump’s efforts to paint Biden as a socialist in the mold of Fidel Castro appears to be having its intended effect.

The infusion of Bloomberg bucks into the campaign could make a significant difference in countering the Trump campaign’s resurgence, something that the president will do everything he can to try to prevent.

Even — or rather especially — send mean tweets.

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With a Republican governor and state-controlled election commission, all eyes will be on the Florida vote count after the hanging chads debacle in the 2000 presidential election between George W. Bush and Al Gore.

Let’s hope that at least some of Bloomberg’s millions will help pay for careful election monitoring and a deep-pocketed legal defense fund post-election to contest any potential shenanigans by a GOP desperate to stem its inevitable losses after their disastrous handling of the pandemic and the economy.

And, by the way, thank you Mike Bloomberg for coming through on your post-primary promise to financially support the eventual nominee. It’s all hands on deck time, and your support is appreciated.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.

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