The Democratic Party once again erupts in a trade of insults. This time, it's between presidential hopefuls Mike Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders. Sanders accuses Bloomberg of buying his way in this election with Bloomberg retaliating that Sanders and his followers are damaging the Democratic Party.
On Sanders' side, he compares Bloomberg with current U.S. President Donald Trump. For one, they're both billionaires. Two, he believes that both of them are using their wealth to bend an already corrupt political system. In his rally in Richmond, he called out Bloomberg, saying "Mr. Bloomberg, like anyone else has a right to run for president. He does not have a right to buy the presidency." Thousands of his supporters showed their agreement and booed when he uttered Bloomberg's name.
Not only does Sanders call out Bloomberg for this reason alone, he attacks him for the attacks in California, criticizes the former mayor's record on this race. This further solidifies Sanders as a socialist as he goes against the political value and influence of billionaires.
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This time, Bloomberg retaliates with a clip of Sanders' supporters, known as "Bernie Bros", who attack other Democratic candidates along with their supporters on every social media platform. The video ends with Sanders asking for "civil discourse", with the question "really?" In his tweet, Bloomberg said "We need to unite to defeat Trump in November. This type of 'energy' is not going to get us there."
He denounces Sander's insults, saying his actions were "shameful", not only for comparing him to President Trump but also destructively criticizing the former mayor. He believes that this is a sign that Bloomberg poses a threat in this election. After all, he has risen in recent opinion polls.
Sanders, however, leads the polls nationally. He was able to win over Iowa and New Hampshire. The next nomination will happen in Nevada. Kevin Sheekey, campaign manager for Bloomberg, said "At this point, the primary is Bernie's to lose, and ours to win. Bernie knows this. Trump knows this. That's why they are united in the campaign against Mike. This campaign will not sit idly by and allow these false attacks to stand without response."
Sanders continues his attack, now criticizing Bloomberg's support for NY's "stop-and-frisk" police policies that hit African Americans in totality. He also called out Bloomberg's opposing of a minimum wage, calling out for cuts for government-run social assistance programs. He said "Imagine a multi-billionaire opposing a raise in the minimum wage. Imagine a multi-billionaire asking for cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.