Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who used to be in third until billionaire candidate Michael Bloomberg overtook her in the polls, used the 10th Democrat primary debate Tuesday evening to ruthlessly pummel her successor with lurid accusations about his alleged past.
Instead of focusing her ire at front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders, whose momentous rise threatens to upend everything for the Democrats, she repeatedly aimed her fire at Bloomberg, blasting him for everything from his history of funding Republican campaigns for election to his alleged habit of speaking down to his female employees.
The most stunning attack came after Bloomberg pushed back on her criticisms by arguing that his extensive experience as the former mayor of New York City ought to matter more than the “sideshows that the senator wants to bring up.”
In response, the senator tried to unleash the Kraken.
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“You know, this is personal for me,” she said. “When I was 21 years old, I got my first job as a special education teacher. I loved that job. And by the end of the first year, I was visibly pregnant. The principal wished me luck and gave my job to someone else.”
She continued by arguing that, while what she suffered because of the alleged “pregnancy discrimination” was tough to deal with, it was still better than what pregnant employees who work for Bloomberg have had to contend with.
“At least I didn’t have a boss who said to me, ‘Kill it,’ the way that Mayor Bloomberg is alleged to have said to one of his pregnant employees,” she bellowed.
The former NYC mayor immediately called foul, saying, “I never said that. Oh, come on!”
So who was telling the truth this time? The answer isn’t clear.
“This allegation was made by an employee of Bloomberg L.L.P. in a 1997 lawsuit that was eventually settled with no admission of guilt,” The New York Times reported in a fact-check.
“Mr. Bloomberg has denied making the remark over the years, including at the debate. His aides said in 2001 that he had passed a lie-detector test, but the results were not released.”
But even if Warren were telling the truth about the former NYC mayor, her own history suggests that she has no room to talk about killing babies.
This is all twisted. Warren and the Democrats have been championing 3rd trimester and day-before abortions as core policy. Shouting that a fetus is “just a clump of cells.”
By the Democrat’s exact demented logic of “it’s not a human” then Bloomberg really said nothing wrong… pic.twitter.com/JM6mcDexIK
— Kyle Kashuv (@KyleKashuv) February 26, 2020
— Liz Wheeler (@Liz_Wheeler) February 26, 2020
Total hypocrisy for Warren to go after @MikeBloomberg for saying “kill it” to pregnant employee. They ALL support abortion – including brutal late term abortion. Bloomberg’s callousness is result of babies in the womb being dehumanized & treated as disposable. #democraticdebates
— Rachel Campos-Duffy (@RCamposDuffy) February 26, 2020
In fact, just hours before the debate, her Democrat colleagues in the Senate again voted to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protections Act. While Warren wasn’t present for the vote, she did vote against it the first time last February.
The trash-talking about Bloomberg’s remarks was preceded by Warren taking a shot at him over his history of funding Republican election campaigns.
The trash-talking began after moderator Gayle King asked her why she believes “Mayor Bloomberg is not the safest candidate — he is the riskiest candidate.”
The senator replied by highlighting the former NYC mayor’s funding history.
“We’re here in Charleston, and you know who is going to be in Charleston later this week is Donald Trump,” she said. “He’s going to be here to raise money for his buddy Senator Lindsey Graham, who funded Lindsey Graham’s campaign for re-election last time? It was Mayor Bloomberg.”
“And that’s not the only right-wing senator that Mayor Bloomberg has funded. In 2016, he dumped $12 million into the Pennsylvania Senate race to help re-elect an anti-choice, right-wing Republican senator. And I just want to say, the woman challenger was terrific. She lost by a single point.”
FYI, that was four years ago …
.@ewarren: “You know who’s going to be in Charleston later this week, is Donald Trump. He’s going to be here to raise money for his buddy Senator Lindsey Graham. Who funded Lindsey Graham’s campaign for reelection last time? It was Mayor Bloomberg.” pic.twitter.com/b68YK7TuwQ
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) February 26, 2020
But when it comes to funding issues, Warren again seems to have no room to talk. As the election season heated up last year, for instance, Warren disavowed super PACs.
“I don’t take corporate PAC money. Shoot, I don’t take PAC money of any kind,” she said in January of 2019.
That turned out to not be true.
A year later (and FYI, a year is a significantly shorter span of time than four years), she’s now gleefully accepting super PAC money.
“Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a longtime critic of the big-money organizations known as super PACs — and of candidates who are supported by them. But she reversed course on Thursday and refused to disavow a super PAC, called Persist PAC, created to support her presidential campaign,” BuzzFeed confirmed.
Apparently, Bloomberg isn’t the only Democrat presidential candidate known for flip-flopping like a fish …
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