Bloomberg Trolls Trump and then Loses the Ball

The New York billionaire is sniping from the sidelines. But not for much longer.

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President Trump and Dem primary candidate Mike Bloomberg traded barbs over Twitter Thursday, as Trump accused the former NYC mayor of covertly planning to abandon the Dems if he doesn’t get the nomination.

Bloomberg is currently promising to fund the Dem campaign all the way through November, which Trump says is buying him a waiver on political strikes.

Here’s the president’s attack.

And Bloomberg’s response.

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Also included in the tweet is a story about a campaign spot Bloomberg is running against Trump. In the spot Bloomberg, very shrewdly, hits Trump from the right to appeal to moderate Dem votes in the south. This is in keeping with Bloomberg’s hold your fire until Super Tuesday strategy of playing rope-a-dope until that group of primaries on March 3rd.

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But still more interesting is his succinct tweet response to the president.

No histrionics, no drama, no weird screaming leftism. What we see there from the Bloomberg team is concise calculated on target sarcasm. He seems to have bought a sharp media team with his billions.

Party-hopping Manhattan mogul vs. party-hopping Manhattan mogul. It would be an interesting fall race.

But all is not rosy for the former GOP and then Independent mayor.

Wednesday he inexplicably went after Texas hero Jack Wilson. Wilson’s quickdraw response saved countless lives when a gunman opened fire in a church last month.

Bloomberg opined on Wilson, “Yes, it may be true — I wasn’t there and I don’t know the facts — that somebody in the congregation had their own gun and killed the person who murdered two other people. But it’s the job of law enforcement to have guns and to decide when to shoot. You just do not want the average citizen carrying a gun in a crowded place.”

Either the same media team that produced the superb response to the tweet dropped the ball bigtime on this one, insulting a national hero and a man wildly popular especially in the south, or the candidate was solo riffing off-script and reverted to his Manhattan nanny state tendencies.

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Which Bloomberg will we see before and after Super Tuesday?

The canny operator who knows what to say and when to say it to a moderate audience, as in the tweet, or the liberal NYC politician who is handicapped by his quiche and Chardonnay political ideology?

Stay tuned to LZ for the answer.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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