A 2016 audio surfaced Monday of former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at a closed-door event calling the progressive movement and Senator Elizabeth Warren “scary.”
So what did she do? She bought the website ScareMikeBloomberg.com and is now trying to use it to raise campaign funds.
“The left is arising. The progressive movement is just as scary,” the audio reported by CNN quoted Bloomberg as saying. “Elizabeth Warren on one side. And whoever you want to pick on the Republicans on the right side?”
Bloomberg, who ran for mayor as a Republican and independent, is now self-funding his campaign for the Democratic nomination for president, arguing that he has the resources and the platform to defeat President Donald Trump.
(Bloomberg is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)
Stu Loeser, a spokesman for Bloomberg, told CNN that the opening line was “a joke” and that Bloomberg went on to tell wealthy Americans “that they need to break their addiction to cheap money that’s exacerbating income inequality in America.”
Bloomberg’s campaign didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
In the audio Bloomberg also said the country needs to solve the problem of income equality before society “blows up.”
Democratic candidates debate in Charleston, South Caroline, tonight ahead of that state’s primary on Feb. 29. Fourteen states and one U.S. territory will vote on Super Tuesday, March 3.
(Disclaimer: Michael Bloomberg is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination. He is the founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent company of Bloomberg News.)
— With assistance by Mark Niquette
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