Sen. Elizabeth Warren went after Michael Bloomberg – twice – on BloombergTV Wednesday, knocking him in an interview and running an ad against him that played directly before.
In the ad she accuses Bloomberg of ‘buying the presidency,’ while she said in the interview, ‘I don’t believe elections ought to be for sale.’
‘And I don’t think as a Democratic Party that we should say that the only way you’re going to get elected, the only way you’re going to be our nominee, is either if you are a billionaire or if you’re sucking up to billionaires,’ she told BloombergTV.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren sat down with BloombergTV Wednesday and savaged Michael Bloomberg, who is also running for the 2020 Democratic nomination
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg was a late entry into the presidential race, but for months has not been a fan of Elizabeth Warren
Before her sit-down on BloombergTV, Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s campaign also ran a negative ad about the New York City billionaire
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has been proposing a 2 percent wealth tax, which Michael Bloomberg is against
In her ad, she suggests that billionaires encouraged Michael Bloomberg to run to stop her from taxing the top percent
Michael Bloomberg was featured prominently in the ad, which Elizabeth Warren’s campaign ran right before her sit-down on his television channel
Warren and Bloomberg have had a contentious relationship for months – even before he decided to make his late entry into the 2020 race.
In August in Des Moines at a Everytown for Gun Safety event, which is a group Bloomberg bankrolls, he told the crowd that he’d tried to put Warren in her place while they were backstage.
‘If my company wouldn’t be successful, we wouldn’t be here today,’ Bloomberg told the crowd he said to the Massachusetts senator, who was already eight months into her presidential bid. ‘So enough with this stuff!’ Bloomberg said.
Instead, Warren has doubled down.
In the ad, which ran directly before her BloombergTV interview, Warren is shown on the stump proclaiming, ‘It is time for a wealth tax in America.’
‘There are some billionaires who are taking exception to this plan. Some are deeply distressed, go on TV and cry,’ Warren continued.
The ad also references billionaire Leon Cooperman, who has become emotional in the past when talking about a Trump-Warren 2020 match-up
She was referring to billionaire Leon Cooperman, who did get emotional during an interview when he suggested President Trump not run for a second term – though also blasted Warren over the course of it.
Then, Bloomberg popped up in the ad.
‘Others call their billionaire friends and urge them to run for president,’ she said.
‘Yeah, some people have figured out, you know, it’d be a lot cheaper to spend a few hundred mil just buying the presidency instead of paying that two-cent wealth tax,’ Warren added.
During her sit-down, the anchor brought up Bloomberg’s presidential run right away, but Warren didn’t tear into him until the end.
‘And that’s why I’m so concerned about Michael Bloomberg jumping into this race, dropping $37 million in one week on ad buys,’ she said. ‘I don’t believe that elections ought to be for sale.’
She then explained why she thought billionaires being central to Democratic Party politics was problematic.
‘Buckle your seatbelts, because that means the government is going to work better and better for billionaires,’ she argued.
Bloomberg News has taken heat for not investigating Democratic rivals of Bloomberg – nor the boss himself – but dedicating resources to probing Trump.