Somewhere in the halls of the White House compound this Wednesday, President Donald Trump — who one might hope would be preoccupied with responding to issues like the Coronavius — seemingly jumped at the chance to lunge for his phone and tweet sarcastically at former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg. This spectacle is the excuse for “leadership” that the U.S. has been left with. Shortly after Bloomberg suspended his presidential campaign following very dismal showings across the U.S. on “Super Tuesday,” Trump breathlessly tweeted mockery of the now former presidential candidate.
Trump and his allies have been going after Bloomberg for awhile, although the former mayor never quite even cracked into the top two spots in the race. This time, Trump suggested that Bloomberg — who used to pal around with Trump — wasted his money and would only keep wasting it if he went on to back the Biden campaign with his billions.
‘Mini Mike Bloomberg just “quit” the race for President. I could have told him long ago that he didn’t have what it takes, and he would have saved himself a billion dollars, the real cost. Now he will pour money into Sleepy Joe’s campaign, hoping to save face. It won’t work!’
Mini Mike Bloomberg just “quit” the race for President. I could have told him long ago that he didn’t have what it takes, and he would have saved himself a billion dollars, the real cost. Now he will pour money into Sleepy Joe’s campaign, hoping to save face. It won’t work!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2020
And some thirty minutes later, Trump was still glibly tweeting about Bloomberg’s withdrawal like it was one of the happiest days of his life. Americans have died from the Coronavirus and bungled testing plans mean nobody knows how far it’s spread — but sure, we have the time and space for Trump to take a victory lap. (NOT. We DEFINITELY don’t.)
‘Mini Mike Bloomberg will now FIRE Tim O’Brien, and all of the fools and truly dumb people who got him into this MESS. This has been the worst, and most embarrassing, experience of his life…and now on to Sleepy Joe!’
Although Bloomberg struggled to gain traction in the crowded field and has since planned to endorse Joe Biden, there’s a significant difference between the two candidates. In Virginia alone, even with multiple other candidates actively competing, Biden almost got more votes than Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders got in 2016 combined. Democratic presidential primary turnout in the state hovered around 750,000 in 2016 — this year, it passed 1.2 million. It almost doubled.
Trump has good reason to worry.
Check out Twitter’s response below