Bloomberg: If I Were a Senator ‘I Would Vote to Convict’ Trump
2020 Democrat hopeful weighs in on impeachment
Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg weighed in on President Donald Trump's impeachment saying he “would vote to convict” him if he were a senator.
The former New York City Mayor described the president as "impetuous and erratic” and said there is “so much evidence” he “acted inappropriately” in his dealings with Ukraine.
“We’d be much better off letting the voters decide who is president in this country,” Bloomberg said in an interview with NBC’s “Today.”
“I was asked if I were a senator, how would I vote," he said.
"I’d have to swallow two or three times, but I would say I would vote to impeach — vote to convict because there’s just so much evidence that he acted inappropriately.”
Unsurprisingly, Bloomberg is out of touch with the American public after a recent poll revealed the majority of the American people do not want to see Trump convicted during the Senate impeachment trial.
Over half of the respondents reported that they didn't wish to see Trump removed from office, with 51% opposing conviction and 46% supporting the president’s removal.
Meanwhile, Democratic respondents supported convicting Trump, with 86% supporting his removal.
But Independents were divided on the issue.
Forty-nine percent of independents supported Trump's conviction.
6% opposed his removal.
Another indication that the former New York mayor is out of touch with the American public was when he said during an interview that he believed tax increases would benefit the poor.
During an interview with the International Monetary Fund in November last year, the 2020 hopeful insisted that a portion of the American population would benefit from paying more taxes - those who are living below the poverty line.
“Some people say, ‘Well, taxes are regressive.’ But in this case, yes they are,” Bloomberg told Christine Lagarde, then-managing director of the IMF, in April 2018.
“That’s the good thing about them because the problem is in people that don’t have a lot of money," he said.
"And so, higher taxes should have a more significant impact on their behavior and how they deal with themselves."
“So, I listen to people saying, ‘Oh, we don’t want to tax the poor.’ Well, we want the poor to live longer so that they can get an education and enjoy life."
“And that’s why you do want to do exactly what a lot of people say you don’t want to do.”
“If you raise taxes on full sugary drinks, for example,” Bloomberg added.
“They will drink less, and there’s just no question that full sugar drinks are one of the major contributors to obesity, and obesity is one of the major contributors to heart disease and cancer and a variety of other things."