Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg gestures as he speaks during campaign event, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
The Democratic debate is currently ongoing as I write this and it’s as much of a dumpster fire as you’d expect it to be. The gloves are off and the blows haven’t been in short supply.
But Michael Bloomberg stole the show for a moment with one of the more hilarious Freudian slips of this cycle. This came during a yell session about who will hurt down ballot candidates, with most people piling on Bernie.
Then Bloomberg said this.
Bloomberg: “Let’s just go on the record. They talk about 40 Democrats, 21 of those were people that I spent $100 million to help elect. All of the new Democrats that came in, put Pelosi in charge, and gave the Congress the ability to control this president, I bought – I got them” pic.twitter.com/KlC2lJIpRX
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) February 26, 2020
Yes, that’s a major Democratic presidential candidate saying he “bought” candidates to deliver Nancy Pelosi’s House majority. That’s going to go over at as well as a pet rock. Bloomberg’s downside in the race is the fact that he’s a billionaire who’s trying to “buy the election.” He opened himself up for a bunch of new attacks with that misspeak (which wasn’t actually a misspeak).
But you know what, I think Bloomberg is right. He did help buy that House majority. No party is more hypocritical about the use of money to influence politics than the Democratic party. They rant and rave about “dark money” and money being a negative in elections, yet they’ve largely outspent Republicans over the last two decades in most major races.
We’ll see how this plays for Bloomberg after the other candidates get the playback and realize his saying he “bought…them” may prove useful.