Ex-New York mayor and media billionaire Michael Bloomberg says he fears splitting the vote and handing the election to Trump.
Bloomberg would have run if it was looking like a Trump or Cruz vs. Sanders election, but now that it’s looking like Trump or Cruz vs. Clinton, Bloomberg is stepping aside to give Clinton a better shot, sources tell the New York Times.
Disappointing, but not surprising to see Bloomberg apparently opposing Sanders but supporting Clinton. Bloomberg is an oligarch and Clinton is the oligarchs’ candidate.
Michael R. Bloomberg, who for months quietly laid the groundwork to run for president as an independent, will not enter the 2016 campaign, he said Monday, citing his fear that a three-way race could lead to the election of a candidate who would imperil the security and stability of the United States: Donald J. Trump.
In a forceful condemnation of his fellow New Yorker, Mr. Bloomberg said Mr. Trump has run “the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears.” He said he was alarmed by Mr. Trump’s threats to bar Muslim immigrants from entering the country and to initiate trade wars against China and Japan, and he was disturbed by Mr. Trump’s “feigning ignorance of David Duke,” the white supremacist leader whose support Mr. Trump initially refused to disavow.