Trump Goes After Fellow Billionaire Bloomberg Over Comments at DNC Convention

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
July 29, 2016 Updated: July 31, 2016

Donald Trump responded and mocked Michael Bloomberg on his Twitter account two days after the former mayor of New York attacked him at the Democratic National Convention.

“‘Little’ Michael Bloomberg, who never had the guts to run for president, knows nothing about me. His last term as Mayor was a disaster!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

Bloomberg, the CEO and owner of  Bloomberg L.P., considered running for president in the 2016 election, but ended speculation after he concluded that his candidacy could tip the election in favor of Ted Cruz or Trump.

“That is not a risk I can take in good conscience,” he wrote in an editorial in March.

On the third night of the DNC convention, the independent billionaire wooed undecided and independent voters, describing himself as an outsider who isn’t affiliated with any particular party. He also went after Trump, questioning his sanity, competence, business acumen, and called him a “con.”

“I’m a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one,” said Bloomberg at the convention.

He later tweeted: “As an independent, an entrepreneur & a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower.”

The Republican nominee continued his online reaction to Bloomberg saying that if the former New York Mayor ran again that “he wouldn’t get 10% of the vote” and that New Yorkers would run him out of town.

This is a change of tune for Trump, who in 2012 praised Bloomberg for doing a “great job” as mayor: “Mike Bloomberg is doing a great job as Mayor of New York City,” Trump tweeted April 16, 2012.

Trump and Bloomberg are both part of the billionaire class of New York City, but Bloomberg has outearned Trump by almost ten times in terms of wealth. 

Bloomberg is currently worth over 40 billion dollars, and as of July 2016 he’s the 6th richest person in the United States and the 8th richest in the world. As of May 2016, Trump is worth an estimated 4.5 billion dollars, although his total wealth is disputed.