New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, left, and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., appear before the start of an early St. Patrick’s Day parade in the Queens borough of New York, Sunday, March 3, 2002. The 3rd annual parade included marchers, such as gays, who would not normally be represented in the city’s more traditional parade on March 17. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
Things got hot on ABC’s The View Tuesday as the ladies discussed former New York Mayor and 2020 Democratic hopeful Michael Bloomberg.
Meghan went after him over comments made during a PBS interview, in which he offered the following:
“There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males — let’s say 16-25 — that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know what their skillsets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.”
Additionally, McCain referenced The Washington Post’s report on a lawsuit concerning the billionaire’s nanny.
“There’s a lot here. First of all, that’s 2011 on PBS. That’s not something he said after a few drinks at dinner privately. … There’s a lawsuit that The Washington Post dug up, where he was sued for saying, there was a woman who was having trouble finding a nanny for her child, and he said, “It’s a blanking baby. It doesn’t know the difference between you and anyone else. All you need is some black who doesn’t even have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building.”
“You wanna go up against Trump and you wanna take the moral high ground, Democrats? I don’t know if this guy’s gonna be the one…”
[A Bloomberg spokesperson says he never uttered any of that stuff about the nanny]
Joy busted in with this witty line:
“All I have to say is there are very fine people on both sides.”
Furthermore, insisted Joy, Trump “belittled the Black Lives movement.”
Despite her mashing of Mike, don’t misunderstand — Meghan’s no Trumper:
“I’m not defending Trump because I’m attacking Bloomberg.”
“You know what, I just think it’s so interesting that you have a problem that we are talking about a candidate the way we would any other candidate. He just happens to be at the top, getting the attention right now, which is why we’re talking about it right now. What? I’m supposed to give Bloomberg a pass? Not on this show!”
And here comes the line we’ve all been waiting for.
Joy asked Meghan who she’ll be pulling the lever for in November.
“Who I vote for is none of your business.”
“But I am not voting for Trump, and I’m sure as hell not voting for Bloomberg. … It’s none of your business!”
Joy threw up her hands:
“So, then you’re not going to vote. You’re not voting for Trump, and you’re not voting for a Democrat — you said that already.”
Meghan’s waxed on her peers’ salesmanship:
“You know what, you guys have done a piss-poor job of convincing me that I should vote for a Democrat.”
Bingo. Insulting Trump, it seems to me, is the wrong strategy for Democrats.
Things in the country are going well. The economy is good; the unemployment rate is righteous; the President hasn’t installed us into any new wars.
When that’s the national condition, you can’t oust the incumbent with verbal attacks.
If you believe your side possesses more effective solutions to difficult problems (do the majority of Democrats on TV still believe that?), then show us all how it’s true. We’re listening, but all we hear is “Trump is Satan.”
McCain seems to think it’s taboo to put down the Great Democratic Hope:
“There’s an impression in the media, and from you, that I’m getting that we should just give [Bloomberg] a pass.”
Hold that thought.
If I may ask: Whatever happened to the McCain family’s official 2020 endorsement of Joe Biden? They made it quite public (see here).
Have they washed their hands of him, given the party’s bulldozing of his candidacy via impeachment? Or was it his many gaffes on the campaign trail that did him in?
Whatever the cause, Magan’s apparently dropped him like a spud fresh from the oven.
She’s now a woman without a president.
And on The View, she’s a co-host without affirmation.
“She brings up some of the bad side, I bring up some of the good side. That’s all. That’s what this show is about. It’s called The View,” Joy said.
But Meghan volleyed with what surely some were thinking:
“I know, but you seem to have a problem whenever I have a different view.”
Back to President Lucifer, Joy illustrated the very thing that isn’t beefing up her party’s shot at November glory:
“At the end of the day, one of [the Democratic candidates] will be going up against the Racist-and-Misogynist-in-Chief.”
Yep; not helping.
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