One of the wealthiest and short-lived Democratic presidential candidates acknowledged he has a problem committing to a set of political values.
Michael Bloomberg admits he has struggled to find a political affiliation with which he is comfortable.
“I have supported Democrats, Republicans, and Independents,” he told the Democratic National Convention in a video shared on YouTube. “Hell, I have actually been a Democrat, Republican, and Independent.”
Bloomberg was first a Democrat but switched to the Republican Party in 2001 before running for mayor of New York City in 2002. He continued as a Republican until 2007. He then decided to become an Independent and remained one even after retiring from mayoral duties in 2013.
He finally became a Democrat again in 2018 and, more recently, failed to secure the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination for president despite spending $1 billion of his own money on the campaign.
After switching allegiances so often for his own political benefit, Bloomberg tried to appeal to voters that he was a trustworthy source about who should occupy the Oval Office after the general election on Nov. 3.
“Why the hell would we hire Donald Trump for another four years?” he said. “We cannot let him get away with it again.”
Bloomberg also compared economic growth in the incumbent’s first three years of presidency to former President Barack Obama’s last three years in office, when the latter was more experienced in the job.
“Donald says we should vote for him because the economy was great before the virus, huh?” he said. “Biden and Obama created more jobs over the last three years of their administration than Trump created over his first three, and economic growth was higher under Biden and Obama than under Trump.”
He suggested President Trump’s slogan to ‘Make America Great Again’ was somehow making a “pretty good case” for Americans to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
“Trump says we should vote for him because he is a great businessman, really?” he said. “I am not asking to vote against Donald Trump because he is a bad guy, I am urging you to vote against him because he has done a bad job.”
Bloomberg has made controversial statements before. In 2019, he expressed a strong desire to allow an “awful lot more immigrants” into the United States if he won the election.
He intended to ease the selection process for immigration and make the country a much more multicultural society with better taste in food.
“We need immigrants to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs—improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue, and certainly improve our economy,” he told The Associated Press.