Bloomberg shows signs of Trump chal­lenge

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICAS -

For­mer New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg re­joined the Demo­cratic Party on Wed­nes­day, go­ing back to his po­lit­i­cal roots weeks be­fore the Nov 6 con­gres­sional elec­tions amid spec­u­la­tion that he might run for the White House in 2020.

We need Democrats to pro­vide the checks and balance our na­tion so badly needs.”

Michael Bloomberg, for­mer mayor of New York City, on rereg­is­ter­ing as a Demo­crat

Bloomberg, the bil­lion­aire founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of global me­dia com­pany Bloomberg LP, said in a post on so­cial me­dia he was re-reg­is­ter­ing as a Demo­crat, cit­ing a po­ten­tial con­sti­tu­tional crisis un­der Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, a fel­low New York busi­ness­man.

“At key points in US his­tory, one of the two par­ties has served as a bul­wark against those who threaten our Con­sti­tu­tion. Two years ago at the Demo­cratic Con­ven­tion, I warned of those threats,” Bloomberg wrote in a post si­mul­ta­ne­ously put on Face­book, Twit­ter and In­sta­gram.

“To­day, I have re-reg­is­tered as a Demo­crat — I had been a mem­ber for most of my life — be­cause we need Democrats to pro­vide the checks and balance our na­tion so badly needs.”

Bloomberg, 76, was a long­time Demo­crat who be­came a Repub­li­can be­fore run­ning for mayor of the largest US city in 2001. He left the Repub­li­can Party to be­come an in­de­pen­dent in 2007 and served three terms as New York’s mayor, step­ping down in 2013.

He has con­sid­ered run­ning for pres­i­dent in the past as an in­de­pen­dent but never did. The Guardian news­pa­per re­ported in Au­gust that he was con­sid­er­ing run­ning in 2020 as a Demo­crat.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives for Bloomberg could not be im­me­di­ately reached for com­ment on Wed­nes­day.

A fre­quent critic of Trump, Bloomberg has do­nated $80 mil­lion to help Democrats gain con­trol of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives and $20 mil­lion to help Democrats run­ning for the US Se­nate, which Repub­li­cans now nar­rowly con­trol 51 to 49.

Democrats are aim­ing to pick up 23 seats in the House to win a ma­jor­ity in the lower cham­ber, some­thing po­lit­i­cal an­a­lysts have said is more likely than gain­ing an edge in the Se­nate.

Tak­ing con­trol of ei­ther cham­ber would give Democrats lever­age to over­see Trump and his ad­min­is­tra­tion, in­clud­ing the abil­ity to hold hear­ings and sub­poena of­fi­cials.

Bloomberg has used his for­tune, which Forbes magazine has pegged at $51.8 bil­lion, to push a num­ber of lib­eral causes in­clud­ing ef­forts to tackle global warm­ing and gun deaths.

The New York Times re­ports that Bloomberg has been do­ing more than just giv­ing money. He went to Florida last week to stump for Demo­cratic can­di­date for gov­er­nor An­drew Gil­lum, and in New York on Tues­day he hosted a fundraiser for a Ten­nessee Demo­cratic can­di­date.

Bloomberg will be 78 on Election Day 2020 — older than any­one ever elected pres­i­dent of the United States.

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