On November 24, 2019, I sat at my dinner table watching CNN when “Michael Bloomberg announces he’s running for president” ran across the screen. I immediately put down my fork and pushed aside my food. The mere thought of another billionaire white guy announcing that he is coming to the aide of the poor, the mere thought of someone sitting in the study of ONE of their mansions telling me that they understood my struggle, and the thought of Donald Trump easily defeating Bloomberg made me nauseous. Now in late January 2020, as I look at Bloomberg’s endorsements by people like U.S. Rep. Max Rose and Judge Judy my hopes that the announcement was a joke and that the Democrats learned from 2016 and were ready to defeat Trump is starting to wane.
As I noted in my Andrew Yang piece, continued support of Donald Trump is most certainly based on racism, bigotry and ethnocentrism, but the rise of Donald Trump was most certainly not. Donald Trump arose from thirty-six years (and I am sorry but those include the both the Clinton and Obama years), of both parties, to a lesser extent the Democrats, embracing the principles of trickle down economics where the needs of the rich were put above the needs of the poor in hopes that a successful upper-crust would lift the poor out of poverty. Of course, this corporate approach has been a disaster leaving the poor and middle-class looking for a savior.
Along came Trump and Bernie. Both highlighed the same ills, promising to protect and uplift the poor. Trump paid lip service to tending the wounds of the poor and gave them an easy boogey man to blame their woes on: the brown, the Muslim and the LGBTQ+ person. Bernie offered real solutions and pointed out the real culprits, the mega-wealthy and the lies of Trickle-Down economics. The GOP embraced Trump because his supporters bought into the “I’m a good business man persona” and it didn’t hurt that they knew he would do nothing to hurt the position of power and profits of the wealthy elite while the DNC rejected Bernie because his policies truly were an attempt to redistribute power to the people.
With the rise of Michael Bloomberg, and the continued push and investment by the DNC in Joe Biden, the DNC is showing that they have truly learned nothing from the 2016 election. They think that bringing a good businessman onto the ticket it will show voters that the Republicans’ businessman is a fraud, but their guy actually knows what he’s doing and will be good for the economy of Middle America.
Hey Democrats, I have some news for you. The liberal voters of your party, your base, do not buy into the Trickle-Down B.S. and Michael Bloomberg’s resumé does not impress us. Not to mention the fact that his record in New York is not as impressive to those of us at the bottom. We want someone is going to help us little people succeed rather than someone who is going to push for the further success of those who have already “won life.” Michael Bloomberg and Joe Biden are the shadows of the past, and we need a new approach. An approach that includes the thoughts and perspectives of people who have traditionally been at the bottom, and it is impossible for someone like a Michael Bloomberg, who is far too detached from his past, to understand the plight of the modern working person.
Dear Democratic Party, please come back to reality. Pushing Bloomberg is how we get another four years of Trump and we the poor and those in the marginalized communities cannot survive that. WAKE UP!