Yet the fact that the world’s ninth richest person – someone with his own media empire – can so easily bypass the traditional democratic rules and compete nationally raises serious questions about the state of American politics. MintPress News spoke to political commentator Margaret Kimberley, editor of the Black Agenda Report and author of the new book Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents. She stated that if the 2020 race comes down to a choice between two billionaires – Trump and Bloomberg – “It says that we don’t have a democracy. The facade is off and rich people are unafraid to show they are in control.” But she also cautioned the public from underestimating him, claiming Bloomberg could easily win in November: “Trump lost the popular vote and Bloomberg is unlikely to make the same mistakes that Hillary Clinton did in neglecting a get out the vote effort.”
However, in order to face Trump, he would have to win the Democratic nomination, defeating front runner Bernie Sanders in the process. And in recent days it is becoming increasingly unclear whom Bloomberg sees as his primary enemy: Trump or Sanders. Today his campaign called on the other “moderate” candidates, such as Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, to step down and unite behind him as the only force that can stop Bernie Sanders, who, he warns, will soon have an insurmountable lead in delegates. “I don’t think many people understand the dire circumstances here,” said his campaign manager Kevin Sheekey.
Kimberley was unequivocal in her assessment of the situation and the billionaire’s motives:
He is running to stop Sanders. It isn’t clear to me if he wants to be the nominee or kingmaker for a neoliberal candidate. No one who is acceptable to Bloomberg looks strong and [so] he has chosen to dispense with the middleman and run himself.
via Mintpressnews Michael Bloomberg Is Trying To take Down Bernie Sanders, Not Trump