MSNBC’s Joy Reid touted 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg as the one to beat President Donald Trump because he “used to be” a Republican.
Reid contended during MSNBC’s New Hampshire primary coverage Tuesday that the Democratic Party needs a nominee to “fight like a Republican,” and pointed to the former New York City mayor as someone who could take on Trump and “sounds like a Republican” to many voters.
Admitting that Bloomberg is a “strange sort of character,” Reid recounted a comparison made of the billionaire to President Franklin D. Roosevelt and went on to note how he “spends his money” on environmental causes and advocating gun control. She also acknowledged that the 77-year-old’s record for running as a Republican and supporting “gentrification” and the controversial stop-and-frisk policy could be a problem.
“He still sounds like a Republican to a lot of people,” Reid said.
“So it’s a weird coalition. But I have to tell you, if this is an exhaustion election, which I think it is. An exhaustion election means people just want to sleep at night,” she added.
“They’re saying that Trump is exhausting. I know Republicans — they don’t mind the fiscal policies of Trump. They like that, but they also want to sleep at night. So if you’re a Republican and you still want Republican policy but you don’t want the tweets and the madness, you might go to him,” Reid said.
“If you’re a Democrat that just wants to beat Trump at all costs, you see Trump as just this force of evil and you just want the money that it’s going to take to defeat him, and you think this guy is going to spend two billion to beat him, you might vote for him,” she said.
MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace interjected to declare Democrats “follow the rules” while Trump “cheats at everything.”
“There’s something I pick up anecdotally is you want the guy that is going to fight high and low,” Wallace said. “This is a compliment, not an insult to Democrats: they follow the rules. And with Trump, you can’t beat him by following the rules. He cheats at everything. He asked Ukraine to help him… There is a sense with Bloomberg, not that he will break any rules, but that he’ll go high and he’ll go low.”
“The bottom line is, number one, you can’t beat showbiz without showbiz,” Reid said.
“And Democrats don’t understand showbiz even though all of showbiz is on their side in Hollywood, but they don’t understand showbiz,” Reid added. “And the other reality is if you want a Democrat to win, they have to know how to fight like a Republican. He’s a Republican — or he used to be, anyway.”
Though some seem to be focusing on the viability of Bloomberg’s late entry into the Democratic field of 2020 contenders, others question if his self-funded campaign can stand against his past record. A recording from a 2015 speech defending New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy resurfaced this week, threatening to derail the three-term former mayor’s campaign for president.
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