Holding a rally in Phoenix at the same time that Democrats were having their debate in Las Vegas, President Trump told thousands of supporters that it didn’t seem as though former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg had what it took to compete for the Democratic nomination.
“Now they have a new member of the crew, Mini Mike,” scoffed Trump. “‘No Boxes,’ we call him ‘No Boxes.’ I hear he’s getting pounded tonight. I hear they’re pounding him. I think he spent all this money, he has maybe 15 points. Hey, fake news, how many points does he have? They won’t tell you the truth.”
Trump said that, despite being a billionaire himself, his Democrat opponents were proof that money wasn’t everything when it comes to politics.
“Mini Mike has spent $411 million so far. That idiot Steyer — we call him ‘Impeachment Steyer’ — he spent $210 million and look where that got him. I think he got one-third of one percent in Iowa. I never even heard of him,” Trump said. “Hillary spent three times more than we did and lost.”
Trump continued his assault on Bloomberg after the rally, taking to Twitter with his assessment of the billionaire’s performance: “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. If this doesn’t knock him out of the race, nothing will. Not so easy to do what I did!”
It’s rare to see Trump on the same page as the political punditry class, but it’s difficult to find anyone who will defend Bloomberg’s first debate appearance.
“Mike Bloomberg spent the past 10 weeks flooding the airwaves with ads, racking up endorsements and climbing into contention ahead of his Super Tuesday debut,” reported Politico. “And in two hours Wednesday night, he risked losing those swift gains as he stumbled through his first nationally televised primary debate.
“He was rusty. He was testy. He was out of touch,” the report continued. “And, for a candidate often shielded by the scripted one-liners of killer campaign advisers, he was on his own — unable to hide his peevish demeanor and unable to portray himself, as his campaign has tried to do, as the clear choice to stop Bernie Sanders and beat Donald Trump.”
Bloomberg’s seemingly-unlimited pile of money allowed him to vault his campaign into second place in the national polls ahead of the Democratic debate, but his performance was so terrible that he might have singlehandedly flushed all that money down the toilet. His spectacular collapse could mean that the nomination is, once again, Bernie’s to lose.
Either way, we don’t see Trump going anywhere next January.