Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said publicly for the first time that he is considering a 2016 presidential run. Bloomberg told the Financial Times for a story published Monday that he was “looking at all the options” regarding a bid.
“I find the level of discourse and discussion distressingly banal and an outrage and an insult to the voters,” Bloomberg told the newspaper, saying the public deserved “a lot better.” The New York Times reported last month that Bloomberg was considering a third-party presidential bid, suggesting he could spend at least $1 billion on the uphill fight.
That report says Bloomberg set a deadline of early March for exploring a potential bid, and has asked aides to draw up plans for a potential independent campaign. “I’m listening to what candidates are saying and what the primary voters appear to be doing,” Bloomberg told the Financial Times.
Like The Donald, Bloomberg’s made these kinds of noises before, but has never followed through on them. Like Trump, Bloomberg is a megalomaniacal billionaire (far richer than Trump, in fact) who spent his weekends as New York City mayor living on the British island of Bermuda. He’s an anti-gun fanatic and all-around lifestyle fascist who would make a perfectly dreadful president. Which, of course, is precisely why he would want to run.