An epic New York City rivalry between two of its richest businessmen — and politicians — got uglier Thursday, with Mike Bloomberg blasting President Donald Trump as a “joke” and Trump returning the insult, resurrecting the dismissive nickname: “Mini Mike.”
In Bloomberg’s speech on the fourth night of the virtual Democratic National Convention, the city’s former mayor didn’t miss a mean beat.
“I said New Yorkers know a con when we see one,” Bloomberg said. “But tonight I’m not asking you to vote against Donald Trump because he’s a bad guy. I’m urging you to vote against him because he’s done a bad job.”
“Would you rehire or work for someone who ran your business into the ground? And who always does what’s best for him or her even when it hurts the company? And whose reckless decisions put you in danger? And who spends more time tweeting than working?” Bloomberg asked.
“If the answer is no, why the hell would we ever rehire Donald Trump for another four years?”
Bloomberg laid into Trump’s economic record despite its success pre-coronavirus epidemic.
“Joe will rebuild our crumbling roads and bridges, something Trump has incessantly talked about doing,” Bloomberg said. “But in the last three and a half years, he hasn’t done anything. What a joke.”
“And let me tell you a little secret. Donald Trump’s economic plan was to give a huge tax cut to guys like me who didn’t need it and then lie about it to everyone else. Well, Joe will roll back that tax cut that I got so we can fund things our whole country needs.”
Trump responded in kind with a tweet that rubbed Bloomberg’s face in his failed presidential primary bid and poor debate performances during the run.
“After the worst debate performance in the history of politics, Michael Bloomberg, commonly known as Mini Mike, is trying to make a comeback by begging the Democrats for relevance,” Trump tweeted.
“They treated him like a dog – and always will. Before politics, he said GREAT things about me!”
Bloomberg ran into some serious pushback even from his own staff.
Several former campaign staffers wanted their old boss removed from the speakers’ list, according to CNN.
The aides are part of a group who have sued Bloomberg following his failed presidential bid, saying he promised them jobs through November. But when he dropped out of the Democratic primaries after a bad Super Tuesday showing, they were let go.
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