Rabid anti-gunner Michael Bloomberg will not run for president in 2016. Why? Because he cannot win — his words, not mine.
“When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win,” said Bloomberg in an essay titled, “The Risk I will Not Take,” which appeared on his website, BloombergView.
“I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency,” he added.
Bloomberg has flirted with the idea of running for POTUS several times in the past. And with non-traditional, non-establishment type candidates (Trump and Cruz on the right, Sanders on the left) making real headway this election season, supporters of Bloomberg thought now would be as good of a time as any for the billionaire media magnate to jump into the race.
But it appears after some real thought and reflection, Bloomberg recognized his candidacy would go nowhere — and quite possibly lead to the election of the Republican nominee.
“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,” said Bloomberg. “That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.”
The gun control czar went on to accuse Trump and Cruz of being “divisive” and “extreme.”
Donald Trump “has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears,” wrote Bloomberg. Later saying in reference to Cruz, “His refusal to oppose banning foreigners based on their religion may be less bombastic than Trump’s position, but it is no less divisive.”
Since Bloomberg is not running, the next obvious question is who is he endorsing? As we’ve witnessed time and time again, the nanny-stater isn’t afraid to go deep into his pocketbook to champion pet causes — mainly gun control — and contribute to political campaigns.
“I am not ready to endorse any candidate, but I will continue urging all voters to reject divisive appeals and demanding that candidates offer intelligent, specific and realistic ideas for bridging divides, solving problems, and giving us the honest and capable government we deserve,” wrote Bloomberg.
Given his wish to disarm all law-abiding gun owners, I can’t imagine Bloomberg supporting any GOP candidate, all of whom profess to be pro-gun, which means that he is undoubtedly going to support Hillary, the likely Democratic nominee. Yikes! She’s already raised a ton of money. But with the assistance of Bloomberg’s bankroll, it might be just what she needs to push her into the White House.