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"If This Doesn't Knock Him Out Of The Race, Nothing Will" – Bloomberg Battered By Left & Right In Debate Disaster

“Mini Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance tonight was perhaps the worst in the history of debates, and there have been some really bad ones…”

Last night’s Democratic presidential candidates debate at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel lived up to its hype. The New York Post summed it up best…

The billionaire’s self-bankrolled presidential bid was torn to shreds in the opening minutes of Wednesday’s Democratic debate as his opponents skewered him for his checkered past on sexual harassment and his record on stop-and-frisk.

While there was no clear winners – though Mayor Pete Buttigieg perhaps came out the least ‘scathed’, there was a clear loser… billionaire Mike Bloomberg who saw his odds collapse in real-time (albeit rescued by a miraculous intra-debate bid)…

But by the end, Bernie had extended his lead and Bloomberg was relegated back to an also-ran…

Right out of the gate, Bloomberg was under attack with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren landed perhaps the biggest (and first punch), making the former Big Apple mayor visibly squirm and roll his eyes in frustration.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against, a billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians,’” she said from the Paris Theater.

“And, no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”

It didn’t stop there as former Vice President Joe Biden attacked Bloomberg for “throwing close to 5 million young black men up against a wall” while mayor of New York City and said he only stopped after President Barack Obama intervened in his stop-and-frisk policy.

Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar accused Bloomberg of “hiding behind his TV ads.”

Former Vice President Joe Biden hammered him for opposing Obamacare.

Former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg called him “a billionaire who thinks that money ought to be the root of all power.”

Warren also attacked him over his record of sexist comments and challenged him to release women from nondisclosure agreements with his company, Bloomberg LP, so they could openly discuss any claims of sexual harassment.

Bloomberg: “We have a very few nondisclosure agreements.”

Warren: “How many is that?”

Bloomberg: “Let me finish. None of them accuse me of doing anything other than, maybe they didn’t like a joke I told.”

His response provoked a groan from the audience.

But, Warren’s attack made some sense, as The Epoch Times’ Roger Simon noted, for all his attacks on Donald Trump, Bloomberg has more in common with Trump than anyone on the stage, certainly miles more in common with the president than he does with Sanders, his primary Democratic adversary at this point.

Sanders midway through took umbrage at Bloomberg for implying Bernie was a communist or, perish the thought, that socialism often leads to the totalitarian curse of communism.

“Let’s talk about Democratic Socialism. Not communism, Mr. Bloomberg. That’s a cheap shot. Let’s talk about what goes on in countries like Denmark, where Pete correctly pointed out; they have a much higher quality of life …We have socialism for the very rich. Rugged individualism for the poor,” Sanders stated, ripping into Bloomberg.

Sanders called it a “cheap shot.” It wasn’t. It was the truth.

But, after all is said and done President trump was probably the biggest gainer overall, gleefully mocking the Bloomberg as “stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent” in an early tweet:

“Mini Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance tonight was perhaps the worst in the history of debates, and there have been some really bad ones. He was stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent.”

Adding that

“If this doesn’t knock him out of the race, nothing will. Not so easy to do what I did!”

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer, a Democratic White House hopeful who did not qualify for the debate in Nevada, offered a surprising assessment Thursday of the winner: President Trump.

“Well, I saw the person who won the debate last night whose name is Donald Trump,” Steyer said.

“I saw so much bickering between Democratic candidates tearing each other down and going after each other and forgetting the fact that what really counts is beating Donald Trump in November of 2020. I saw people going after each other’s personality and records instead of remembering in fact the Democratic Party needs to win in November.”

Overall, as Robert Wenzel concludes, there was little in terms of substance. It was all about candidates sparring over details of various interventionist programs.

Perhaps it became most absurd when the six statists debated the so-called differences between socialism, communism and capitalism–as if they knew.

Bloomberg did not take it all lying down and some sense of rationality kicked in amid the hubbub…

 “I can’t think of any way to get Americans to reelect Donald Trump than for them to listen to this conversation! This is absurd!”

That’s the most honest thing anyone said last night.

https://www.zerohedge.com/political/if-doesnt-knock-him-out-race-nothing-will-bloomberg-battered-left-right-debate-disaster

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oldandjaded
February 20, 2020

I recognize this is not a Duran written piece, but for crissake! Grow up, Bernie Sanders is not a communist. And any piece that quotes “The Epoch Times” is not a credible piece of journalism, “alt” or not. “The Epoch Times” is a Falun-Gong owned mouthpiece. FWIW, I used to read it (with a jaundiced eye towards its hard-right slant on China) regularly back in the nineties, at that time it still had some reasonably balanced reporting on what was happening in the Philippines that couldn’t be found elsewhere. It has since veered into wingnut country, and is just a… Read more »

JanetC
JanetC
February 21, 2020

No — it was absolutely a cheap shot, and if you knew anything about communism, you’d understand that. Nowhere does Sanders ever talk about socializing the means of production. All he ever talks about are social welfare programs like single payer, relieving student debt and free education — programs many European countries have, and they are not communist countries. So please stop your stupid anti-Sanders propaganda and stop spreading fake news about him.

Baron
Baron
Reply to  JanetC
February 21, 2020

You make a good point. However, what is never discussed though no less important: it’s one thing to paint an idealistic picture – indeed that approach is the favorite horse of retail politicians – but it’s another to deliver. Could an elected Bernie Sanders get anything he is promising through the UniParty Congress? The answer is ‘No.’ Look what happened to Trump? He ran with The Wall as his #1 issue and promise. He got elected with Republican House and Senate. Could he get moneys for the Wall? No. He would now, but that’s after three years of making friends… Read more »

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