Bloomberg Sees 2020 Opportunity as Joe Biden's Hopes Crumble Over #MeToo Claims
Michael Bloomberg is reportedly having second thoughts about a presidential election bid
Michael Bloomberg is reportedly reconsidering his 2020 presidential election bid after seeing an opportunity as Joe Biden's hopes crumble under a series of "inappropriate touching and kissing" claims.
So far, four women have come forward with accusations of inappropriate behavior against "Creepy Uncle Joe," leaving the former vice president's hopes entering the 2020 race in tatters, before he's even had a chance to officially announce his campaign.
Billionaire Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor who describes himself as a supposedly centrist politician, announced last month that he wouldn’t be running for president in 2020.
He suggested, instead, that Democrats unite behind a moderate candidate if they want to help prevent President Trump's re-election.
“It’s essential that we nominate a Democrat who will be in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country back together,” Bloomberg wrote in an op-ed.
“We cannot allow the primary process to drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election and translate into ‘Four More Years.’”
But, according to Fox News, with Biden facing controversy after at least four women stepped forward in the last week with accusations of improper physical contact by the nation's former No. 2, Bloomberg sees an opening.
Axios reported, citing people who spoke about the issue with Bloomberg, that the anti-Trump billionaire sees an opportunity for a moderate candidate and is likely to revisit his previous decision.
Biden denied the allegations and his spokesman accused "right-wing trolls and others" of conflating images of Biden embracing acquaintances, colleagues, and friends in his official capacity during swearing-in ceremonies with uninvited touching.
Bloomberg, valued at nearly $60 billion, would try to lure voters with the promise of moderation, unlike his Democratic opponents who are embracing far-left policies, while appealing to liberal voters with action on gun control and climate change.
Yet he refrained from running this election cycle, in part due to Biden’s intent to run as well, as Biden would have overshadowed Bloomberg’s pitch to voters, according to the outlet.
The latest accusations against the Biden were reported by The New York Times.
One of the alleged incidents is said to have taken place in 2012, while the other encounter was said to have occurred more recently.
Shockingly, one of the alleged victims says the events took place when she was just 19-year-old during an event about sexual assault.
The woman says Biden made inappropriate contact with her shortly after she recounted her own story about being a victim of sexual assault.