Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) took a sideways swipe at Michael Bloomberg, stating the “dumbest person on Earth” could throw their hat in the presidency ring if they had billions of dollars.
Taking to Twitter on Dec. 2, Sanders wrote: “If you had a couple billion dollars, you could announce your candidacy for president and be taken seriously, even if you were the dumbest person on Earth.”
Sanders added, “Billionaires should not be able to buy our elections, and we’re going to change that.”
If you had a couple billion dollars, you could announce your candidacy for president and be taken seriously, even if you were the dumbest person on Earth.
Billionaires should not be able to buy our elections and we’re going to change that.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) December 2, 2019
According to Axios data, Bloomberg has “captured a level of media attention that’s eluded most 2020 Democrats with months on the trail and in debates,” seeing more coverage than Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Andrew Yang (D), Julián Castro (D), and Tom Steyer (D) “have ever gotten, according to data from NewsWhip provided exclusively to Axios.”
Axios also reported:
On Nov. 8, the day after it was first reported that Bloomberg was preparing to enter the race, he was mentioned more on cable news than any Democratic candidate other than Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders on a single day this year, according to the Television News Archive.
In November, Bloomberg has been mentioned more on cable news than every candidate except Biden and Elizabeth Warren.
Bloomberg mentions this month on cable news (4,486) has more than doubled Yangs throughout his entire campaign (2,167). Yet, Yang is polling ahead of Bloomberg..
For each of the last three weeks, stories about Bloomberg have generated more interactions (comments, likes, shares) on social media than another billionaire candidate, Tom Steyer, has ever gotten in the race.
The Bloomberg advertising blitz saw more than $30 million thrown at ads, expected to run until Dec. 3.
Responding to the push by Bloomberg, Sanders said it was “the latest example of a rigged political system that we are going to change when we’re in the White House.”
“I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any other billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections,” Sanders said in a statement following the news of Bloomberg’s massive ad buy.
“If you can’t build grass-roots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president,” he continued. “The American people are sick and tired of the power of billionaires, and I suspect they won’t react well to someone trying to buy an election.”
Another candidate, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been feeling the Bloomberg push, “So I am here during day two of Michael Bloomberg’s 37 million dollar ad buy,” Warren said during a campaign event in Ankeny, Iowa, this week. “Michael Bloomberg is making a bet about Democracy in 2020. He doesn’t need people. He only needs bags and bags of money.
Warren continued, “His view is that he doesn’t need people who knock on doors. He doesn’t need to get out and campaign with people. He doesn’t need volunteers. And if you get out and knock on 1,000 doors, he’ll just spend another $37 million to flood the airwaves.
“I think this is fundamentally wrong,” Warren added.