As Donald Trump’s campaign took the Republican Party by storm and pushed other candidates out of the race, and Hillary’s rhetoric swung out to the Left to appeal to Bernie voters, moderate voters were fearful that their options for president were narrowing down to two extreme options. As such, when reports that former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg might be launching a third-party campaign came to light, many believed that he would be able to deliver the moderate alternative to both major candidates and ultimately secure the presidency. Only weeks after these reports began to circulate, Bloomberg’s team announced that he would not be launching a campaign, and needless to say, many Americans were disappointed. However, the next best thing Bloomerg could offer was an indication as to whom he would endorse for the White House, so that moderate voters who see eye to eye with the former mayor might be able to make a voting decision in line with his. And last night, at the Democratic National Convention, Bloomberg certainly offered an endorsement for Hillary in his scathing remarks about Donald Trump.
CNN notes that Bloomberg became Hillary’s “most prominent independent surrogate as he tore into fellow billionaire businessman Donald Trump.” Bloomberg, who has far more successful business experience than the Republican presidential nominee, made it abundantly clear that Trump would be an atrocious option for the American people and the nation’s financial and political institutions. "Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, thousands of lawsuits, angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, and disillusioned customers who feel ripped off," he explained. "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his business. God help us."
Bloomberg added that he and Hillary do not always agree on policy matters, but he furthered that the alternative would be far, far worse. "There are times when I disagree with Hillary Clinton. But let me tell you, whatever our disagreements may be, I've come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country. And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue."
As pundits have discussed for months, attacking Trump will almost inevitably result in receiving a response from the brash businessman. However, this may not be a battle in which Trump wants to engage, as Bloomberg’s support among moderates poses a unique dilemma for the Republican nominee’s chances at winning in November.
What do you think about Bloomberg’s scathing comments on Trump? How will this affect moderates in November?