Bloomberg vs. Trump would be a clash of oligarchs

The number one priority of Democrats in 2020 is to beat President Trump. But their second most pressing goal must be to keep Michael Bloomberg from becoming the person who gets to try and eject him from office in November.

I’m no Marxist and don’t usually don’t find class-based analysis especially compelling. But this is an exceptional case. The president of the United States is a billionaire businessman from Manhattan, and a rival billionaire businessman from Manhattan is using vast sums of his personal wealth to buy the opposition party’s nomination for president so he can take the other billionaire down. That’s bad. Really bad. If we saw it happening in another country, we’d say it shows that the country is a place where politics at the highest levels amounts to a popularity contest between feuding oligarchs. And we would be right.

Now I don’t mean to imply that Trump and Bloomberg are interchangeable in every respect. If you held a gun to my head and told me I had to choose between the two, I’d go with Bloomberg in a heartbeat. Unlike Trump’s silver-spoon start and decades-long run of bankruptcies, Bloomberg’s bio — from humble beginnings to one of the richest men on the planet — is genuinely impressive. Bloomberg also has many more years of experience in public office than Trump did in 2016, and his record as mayor of New York City for 12 years vastly outshines Trump’s shambolic three years in the White House.

Yet thankfully, no one is going to force me or anyone else this election season to pick between these two bad options. We have a much broader choice, and there are very good reasons for Democrats to choose someone — really, anyone — other than Bloomberg.

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Source:: The Week – Politics


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