Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Sunday “finally” threw his hat into an already crowded 2020 presidential race, amid a new controversy.
The former billionaire Democrat turned Republican turned Independent and back to Democrat, had already made up his mind to run back during the Democratic Convention stating in an Instagram post “At key points in US history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten the US Constitution.” Adding, “two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of these threats.”
The “threat” Bloomberg was alluding too, was, of course, President Trump, ironically another former businessman billionaire from New York.
The 77-year old former chief-executive, was often tagged as the “nanny mayor” for his ridicules policies usually infringing on the daily civil liberties of New Yorkers, with silly impositions regarding the size of a soft drink, how much sodium levels in processed foods, how many individuals allowed in a public restroom, and on and on.
However aside from disrupting the current lackluster crop of 2020 hopefuls, almost assuring a brokered convention, the self-aggrandized, pint-sized billionaire spoiler, all but guarantees a Trump win.
Moreover, his public announcement that he will in effect use his news organization “Bloomberg News” as a propaganda mill EXCLUSIVELY against President Trump has already created a firestorm within the news industry.
In an extraordinary statement Bloomberg News Service’s editor-in-chief, John Micklethwait, issued an edict to his staff.
“We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike (and his family and foundation),” the memo said. And that prohibition would extend to his rivals in the party because “We cannot treat Mike’s Democratic competitors differently.”
In short Bloomberg News will continue as it has in the past, its “news blackout” concerning Bloomberg and his foundations. However, he will use his massive worldwide network of over 2,700 journalists spread across 150 bureaus around the globe – along with a television network and a magazine, all targeted against the President.