U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- Several news agencies are reporting that billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who now uses his wealth to support the gun prohibition lobby, is apparently considering a run for president in 2020, “is if (former Vice President Joe) Biden’s fortunes suffer so much that he drops out before or during the early stages of the primary,” according to CNBC.
The former Big Apple mayor, who has weaponized his wealth to help bankroll gun control politicians and ballot measures including two initiatives in Washington State, reportedly “has indicated to associates in recent weeks that Joe Biden’s recent struggles against Sen. Elizabeth Warren are making him rethink his decision to stay out of the 2020 Democratic primary,” CNBC reported.
However, the New York Post is reporting “the mogul’s campaign network has not been reactivated to prepare for a White House run.” But with Bloomberg’s big bucks, firing up a major presidential campaign for the Democratic party nomination would take very little time. He could quickly hire some of the best strategists on the landscape, perhaps even stealing them away from other campaigns with the promise of better pay.
The media is already portraying Bloomberg as “a moderate,” when—so far as America’s Second Amendment community is concerned—he is nothing of the such. For example, in 2014 when anti-gun Initiative 594 was on the ballot requiring so-called “universal background checks,” Bloomberg personal contributed $285,000 to the campaign, and his Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund added a whopping $2,310,000, according to the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission.
Four years later, supporting Initiative 1639, a sweeping multi-tiered gun control package that prohibits young adults from purchasing so-called “semiautomatic assault rifles”—which are defined in a way to include every semi-auto rifle ever manufactured including .22-caliber sporting rifles—Bloomberg’s Everytown Action Fund added $450,000 to the campaign. There were “in kind” contributions, as well.
The Federalist is reporting another possible Bloomberg motive for thinking about a run. He’s not keen about Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “anti-corporate messaging.” She has unabashedly proposed regulating Wall Street to the point that Bloomberg reportedly, and unflatteringly, called her plan “Venezuela.”
CNBC noted in its report that Bloomberg, whose wealth is estimated by Forbes to be about $51 billion, “was planning to spend over $100 million on a campaign for president if he ran.” President Donald Trump’s wallet is pretty fat, but in a contest to retain the presidency, he might have to dig deep to fight a Bloomberg financial juggernaut.
Earlier this year, when Bloomberg’s interest in a White House run was first indicated, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, which is headquartered in Washington State and has battled the Bloomberg-backed gun control crusade, declared in a prepared statement that his candidacy would be bad news for gun owners.
“Michael Bloomberg has been bankrolling extremist gun prohibition efforts for years, because he evidently believes his riches entitle him to tell the rest of the nation how he thinks we should live, and what rights we can exercise,” CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb said at the time. “There is not enough money in his bank account to buy our liberty, and that for sure includes the Second Amendment rights he so despises.”
“America is not ready to elect a so-called ‘benevolent dictator’,” Gottlieb continued, “and that’s the sort of leadership that billionaire Bloomberg seems to think the country needs, with him on the throne. Thanks, but no thanks.
“Michael Bloomberg seems to think that his fortune gives him some sort entitlement to lead the country, and that the country needs him at the helm,” the veteran Second Amendment advocate stated. “Honestly, America’s law-abiding firearms owners have had quite enough of him. If he wants to run for something, he can run for the border and once he crosses it, he can buy a third-world country to be the dictator of.”
It apparently depends upon whether Biden, who is currently vigorously defending himself and his son amid assertions of inappropriate business dealings by the younger Biden in China and Ukraine. Hunter Biden hit back Tuesday in an exclusive ABC interview.
That network is currently wiping egg off its face after being caught using footage of a nighttime weapons demonstration at the Knob Creek gun range in Kentucky, and calling it news footage from a battle between Kurds and Turkish forces.
In a political onslaught to unseat Trump, the campaign so far has taken some strange, if not outright bizarre turns already. With Beto O’Rourke’s blurt about confiscating privately-owned semiautomatic rifles and the revelation of extreme anti-gun-rights agendas by other candidates, Democrats have essentially become, as CCRKBA’s Gottlieb put it, “the party of gun confiscation.”
A Bloomberg late entry to replace a faltering Biden campaign in an effort to offer a “moderate” alternative to the far left field that presently dominates Democrat politics would be just another turn of events in a political silly season. And it’s not even 2020, yet.
With the election just under 13 months away, gun rights groups and activists are scrambling to encourage every gun owner to register to vote. Chances are, if Trump is to keep the White House and Republicans hope to re-take the House and retain the Senate, they’re going to need every gun vote they can muster.
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