Mike Bloomberg cemented his ascendant status at the Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, where all his challengers savaged him in a vicious group beatdown.
Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders landed the most blows by torching Bloomberg over his past alleged comments about “fat broads and horse-faced lesbians.” They also demonized the self-made billionaire over his staggering personal wealth.
Warren kicked off the group takedown by suggesting that Bloomberg is a sexist because of comments he allegedly made 20 to 30 years ago — in the 1990s.
Warren said: “I’d like to talk about who we’re running against, a billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse-faced lesbians. And no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.”
Elizabeth Warren: I’d like to talk about who we’re running against: A billionaire who calls women fat broads and horse faced lesbians, and no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump, I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg.#DemDebate pic.twitter.com/cNhC6yRc4W
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) February 20, 2020
Warren followed up by demanding that Bloomberg release women from nondisclosure agreements (NDA) they had signed with his media company. Over the years, a number of female workers complained that Bloomberg L.P. — which employs 20,000 people — had a hostile working environment for women.
Bloomberg responded by pointing out that none of the complaints were leveled against him directly. “None of them accuse me of doing anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told,” he said.
Bloomberg explained that when an employee files a complaint, the company investigates it and remedies the situation. The former New York City mayor also underscored that Bloomberg L.P. has numerous women in executive positions.
Warren shot back: “You heard what his defense was: ‘I’ve been nice to some women.’ That just doesn’t cut it. The mayor has to stand on his record. What we need to know is exactly what’s lurking out there.”
Elizabeth Warren added: “If they wish now to speak out and tell their side of the story about what it is they alleged, that’s okay with you? You’re releasing them [from their NDAs] on television tonight?”
Bloomberg responded: “We have a very few nondisclosure agreements. They signed those agreements and we’ll live with it.”
The end of Michael Bloomberg in 2:19.pic.twitter.com/nN0pGwhkBu
— Jason Howerton (@jason_howerton) February 20, 2020
Socialist Bernie Sanders — the frontrunner of the flailing Democratic nominees — also attacked Bloomberg’s enormous wealth while slamming “this grotesque level of income and wealth inequality.”
Sanders has repeatedly called for wealth redistribution, and told Bloomberg that he should share all his money and power with his employees by allowing workers “to sit on corporate boards.”
Bernie remarked: “You know, Mr. Bloomberg, it wasn’t you who made all that money. Maybe your workers played some role in that as well. It is important that those workers are able to share the benefits also.”
Bloomberg fired back by saying that Bernie’s plan to replace capitalism with communism is a stupid, destructive idea.
“I can’t think of a way that would make it easier for Donald Trump to get re-elected than listening to this conversation. It’s ridiculous!” Bloomberg said. “We’re not going to throw out capitalism. Other countries tried that. It was called communism and it didn’t work.”
Bloomberg — whose net worth tops $64 billion — then clapped back at Bernie, saying what a great country the United States is when a “socialist” can become a millionaire while collecting a taxpayer-funded, government salary.
“What a wonderful country we have!” Bloomberg said. “The best known socialist in the country happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss?”
🔥HOLY SAVAGE 🔥
SANDERS: "Rich people and wealth are bad!"
BLOOMBERG: “What a wonderful country we have. The best known socialist in the company happens to be a millionaire with three houses. What did I miss?”
SANDERS: “I do have a summer camp. Forgive me for that.”
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 20, 2020
When all was said and done, the consensus was that President Donald Trump won the ninth Democratic primary debate.
On Twitter, Trump recalled how he was the target of all his rivals when he ran in the GOP primary four years ago.
“Not so easy what I did!” the President recounted. “Mini Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance tonight was perhaps the worst in the history of debates, and there have been some really bad ones. He was stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent.”
The President also reminded American what’s at stake in November.
Trump tweeted: “The Democrat party is the party of high taxes, high crime, open borders, late-term abortion, socialism, blatant corruption, and the total destruction of your Second Amendment.”
Bloomberg aide to Elizabeth Warren: Remember when you lied about being Native-American?
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