Sanders spox: The answer to Trump is not a hostile corporate takeover of the Democratic Party
An adviser to the Bernie Sanders presidential campaign slammed billionaire Michael Bloomberg as the wrong person to take on President Donald Trump and win the election.
Sanders campaign senior adviser Jeff Weaver spoke to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer about the record of the former New York City mayor, noting that voters watching his debate-stage debut in Las Vegas on Wednesday will be surprised at “what they’re being sold.”
“You saw some of the attacks that Michael Bloomberg is launching at your candidate, and Senator Sanders is certainly going to have a target on his back after this latest polling showing that he is number one, at least in the latest national poll,” Blitzer said on “The Situation Room” Tuesday.
“How cut throat is this going to be on the debate stage tomorrow night?” he asked.
“Well, Wolf, it is not going to be cut throat, but I do think that voters are entitled to a vigorous approach to the issues,” Weaver replied.
He went on to note Bloomberg’s policies and recently resurfaced comments from the Democratic 2020 contender that have made headlines in the past week.
“Today we learned he said that in order to defend defense spending we had to cut Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare. We learned that he thinks farmers don’t have a lot of gray matter. We’ve learned that he is opposed to minimum wage, opposed to raising taxes on the rich, and on and on it goes,” Weaver said.
“You know, gentrification, stop-and frisk…this is not in line with the Democratic voters,” he added. “I think when we get on that stage this week people are going to be really shocked to find out what Mike Bloomberg is really trying to sell them.”
Blitzer jumped in to note that Bloomberg has backtracked and apologized over some of his past positions.
The three-term mayor recently apologized for his administration’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy though he had spent years defending it. Speaking at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn last November, Bloomberg said he didn’t realize the impact the policy, which was later repealed, had on black and Latino communities.
“I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities. I was totally focused on saving lives — but as we know, good intentions aren’t good enough,” he said at the time.
“Just to point out some of those positions that you just spelled out,” Blitzer said to Weaver on Tuesday. “He said that years ago, and some of them he has already apologized for. You don’t necessarily believe that he still believes all of those things, do you?”
“Well, what you are telling me, Wolf, is that he’s changed on all of those things?” Weaver questioned.
“Candidates can evolve on an issue or two or have a different way of looking at something over time,” he added. “But a candidate who is completely remaking himself so that virtually every position he’s ever had he’s now repudiating — folks got to worry about what they’re being sold.”
“The answer to Trump’s right-wing reactionary politics is not a hostile corporate takeover of the Democratic Party or of the White House,” he added.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson blasted Bloomberg this week for not having any ideas to run on and for essentially trying to buy his way to the White House.
Tucker warns of Bloomberg’s shady & unprecedented campaign to buy the presidency, ruling class ‘eager’ to oblige him https://t.co/P6rgOwzorG
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 18, 2020
“He’s not trying to convince voters of anything. He’s not making arguments or working to change their minds on policies they care about,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Monday. “He’s trying to buy them and hence, the presidency.”
Carlson also accused Bloomberg of doing “whatever it takes” to secure the Democratic nomination, even if it means disavowing his former views.