Despite winning less than 10 percent of the delegates available for grabs on Super Tuesday, billionaire Democrat presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg acted as if he’d proven something “very important” and still remained a viable candidate.
The delusional positivity was enough to provoke a pile-on of mockery and derision from a number of notable figures, including the president and Brian Williams.
“Tonight we proved something very important. We proved we can win the voters who will decide the general election, and isn’t that what this is all about?” Bloomberg proudly announced at a campaign stop in Florida late Tuesday evening.
Technically, it’s about winning the most delegates…
Listen to the relevant portion of his oddly optimistic speech below:
(Source: Fox Business Network)
The speech was reportedly delivered in West Palm Beach in celebration of his one victory in America Samoa, where he won five delegates.
But by late Tuesday, it seemed clear to a growing number of critics, including MSNBC’s Brian Williams, that Bloomberg’s time in the spotlight — much of it bought, not earned, via millions in ad spending — was approaching an abrupt end.
After briefly interrupting the candidate’s speech to deliver results from Arkansas, Williams said, “We’ll go back and listen to Mike Bloomberg, who is, fair to say, not having the night he thought he paid for, not having the night he was hoping for.”
Fast-forward to about the 1:00 mark in the video below to hear him for yourself (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
“Bloomberg is not having the night he thought he paid for.” — Brian Williams on @MSNBC #SuperTuesday #SuperTuesday2020 #MikeBloomberg
— Stephanie Kennedy (@WordswithSteph) March 4, 2020
The sentiment was widespread and bipartisan, with President Donald Trump leading the way.
The biggest loser tonight, by far, is Mini Mike Bloomberg. His “political” consultants took him for a ride. $700 million washed down the drain, and he got nothing for it but the nickname Mini Mike, and the complete destruction of his reputation. Way to go Mike!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 4, 2020
Bloomberg might have paid 1 billion for ONE delegate tonight, maybe. It’s early but OMG.
He might have had great consultants but he might be the worst candidate in history.
Like I’ve said for awhile, money can’t buy likability.
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) March 4, 2020
BREAKING: Mike Bloomberg has won Virginia.
No, I’m totally kidding. He came up short.
— #ThePersistence (@ScottPresler) March 4, 2020
Great night for Joe Biden. Time for Bloomberg to make his exit.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) March 4, 2020
Mike Bloomberg won 5 delegates in American Samoa
He’s spent $500 million on ads for Super Tuesday
That equates to roughly 100 million dollars per delegate
This is how he blows his own fortune
Just imagine how he would tank the US economy
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) March 4, 2020
SMH. Russians can steal a presidential election with 100k in Facebook ads but Bloomberg can’t buy a delegate for a half a billion $.
— David Harsanyi (@davidharsanyi) March 4, 2020
#SuperTuesday also showed that you cannot buy elections, even in the US where campaigns burn much money than elsewhere in the world. Mike Bloomberg spent half a billion dollars and only got American Samoa to show for it.
— Clemens Wergin (@clemenswergin) March 4, 2020
“Unlike the president, I didn’t come here to golf or to reveal classified information to Mar-a-Lago members,” Bloomberg said earlier in his speech. “I came here because winning in November starts with Florida. And If I’m the nominee, let me make you this promise: We will beat Donald Trump here in Florida and in swing states around the country.”
“The polls are still open in a number of Super Tuesday states, and as the results come in, here’s what’s clear. No matter how many delegates we win tonight, we have done something no one thought was possible. In just three months, we’ve gone from 1% in the polls to being a contender for the Democratic nomination for president.”
An extremely low-chance contender who won only one locality, America Samoa, while simultaneously under-performing in every other race across the country.
“All across America, I’ve been talking with voters, and my message is simple: I am running to beat Donald Trump and to start rebuilding our country.”
He then turned his attention to trash-talking the other Democrat candidates.
“Now, while my fellow candidates spent a whole year focusing on the first four states, I was out campaigning against Donald Trump in the states where the election will actually be decided — like Wisconsin and Michigan and Pittsburgh and Ohio and North Carolina, and of course Florida,” he said.
As of Wednesday morning, former Vice President Joe Biden had taken North Carolina and was leading in polls for Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida. Candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders was meanwhile leading in polls for Wisconsin and Michigan.
Moreover, Bloomberg didn’t enter the race until late November of last year, months after Biden and Sanders had declared their candidacy.
Reports emerging Wednesday showed that the billionaire candidate had only won a handful of delegates.
Here’s the latest delegate count as #SuperTuesday results roll in https://t.co/PFdq8M6kgV pic.twitter.com/3UIZQCGG97
— Bloomberg (@business) March 4, 2020
What remains unclear is whether the confidence he exuded Tuesday night was real or whether he’d just been speaking for the crowds.
“Democratic presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg will reassess on Wednesday whether he should stay in the race after getting disappointing results in Super Tuesday primaries despite spending more than a half billion dollars on his three-month campaign,” the Associated Press reported early Wednesday morning, citing a person close to the billionaire candidate’s campaign.
Speaking with CNN, one unnamed top campaign aide reportedly said, “This isn’t going as planned.”
“That mood is compounded by a sense of fear sweeping through Bloomberg’s operation that the New York mayor’s well-funded, sprawling operation could complicate Biden’s extraordinarily swift consolidation of the moderate wing of the party, and eventually help Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, the candidate he set out to stop,” CNN has learned.
“No, he does not want to help Sanders become the nominee,” a top Democrat close to the campaign reportedly added in a statement.
And so despite his uber-positive rhetoric late Tuesday, it appears chances are high that Bloomberg will drop out sometime soon, perhaps as early as Wednesday.
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