Billionaire businessman and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg handed Donald Trump a drubbing at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday evening.
Bloomberg’s background as a successful and wealthy businessman in New York City gave Democrats a credible voice to launch a withering attack on Trump’s ability as a CEO.
“He would make it harder for small businesses to compete, do great damage to our economy, threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment, erode our influence in the world, and make our communities less safe,” Bloomberg said.
The former mayor called Trump a “dangerous demagogue” as he urged Americans to vote for Hillary Clinton.
The billionaire businessman, who was New York City’s mayor from 2002 to 2013, has registered on all three tickets—Republican, Democrat, and Independent.
He appealed to independents by emphasizing he is not bound by party.
“When I enter the voting booth each time, I look at the candidate, not the party label. I have supported elected officials from both sides of the aisle,” said Bloomberg.
“The presidency of the United States is the most powerful office in the world, and so I say to my fellow independents: Your vote matters now. Your vote will determine the future of your job, your business, and our future together as a country,” said Bloomberg in his speech.
Bloomberg added that Americans shouldn’t choose based on whether the candidate is a Democrat or Republican, but rather on “who is better to lead our country right now: better for our economy, better for our security, better for our freedom, and better for our future.”
I have no doubt that @HillaryClinton is the right choice. Join me in supporting her – not out of party loyalty, but out of love of country.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 28, 2016
Disagreements With Clinton
When Bloomberg ran the Big Apple, Clinton was a senator for New York. The former mayor says he has seen firsthand Clinton’s strength in bringing congress together.
“I was elected mayor two months after 9/11, as a Republican, and I saw how Hillary Clinton worked with Republicans in Washington to ensure that New York got the help it needed to recover and rebuild,” said Bloomberg.
“Throughout her time in the Senate, we didn’t always agree—but she always listened. And that’s the kind of approach we need in Washington today, and it just has to start in the White House.”
Rather than a raving endorsement, Bloomberg made it clear that voting for Clinton is considered more of a vote against Trump.
“There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But 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,” he said.
‘God Help Us’
Bloomberg strongly attacked the real estate mogul, saying that unlike Trump, he did not launch his business with a million-dollar loan from his father.
The former mayor says he has often encouraged business leaders to run for office—but that doesn’t include Trump.
“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. Trump says he wants to run the nation like he’s run his business? God help us!”
Bloomberg blasted Trump, saying that he is a reckless and radical choice.
“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one,” said Bloomberg.
“Trump says he’ll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What’d I miss here?” he said.
“Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy,” said the former mayor.
Clinton Not Flawless
Bloomberg admitted Clinton is not perfect, but said she is the responsible choice.
“Now, I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless; no candidate is. But she is the right choice, and the responsible choice, in this election. No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television; this is reality!” he said.
“She understands the job of president. It involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers, and offering hope, not stoking fear.”
As an independent, an entrepreneur & a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower.
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) July 28, 2016
Earlier this year, Bloomberg contemplated a run for president as a third candidate, but his extensive research concluded that his candidacy could split votes and tip the scales the wrong way.
“As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience,” said Bloomberg earlier this year.