Bloomberg: An Independent Candidate Would Likely ‘End Up Re-Electing’ Trump

ANNAPOLIS, MD – JANUARY 22: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits Maryland Lawmakers in Annapolis on January 22, 2019. Bloomberg talked with the media inside the State House.(Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)
ANNAPOLIS, MD JANUARY 22: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits Maryland Lawmakers in Annapolis on January 22, 2019. Bloomberg talked with the media inside the State House. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Was... ANNAPOLIS, MD JANUARY 22: Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg visits Maryland Lawmakers in Annapolis on January 22, 2019. Bloomberg talked with the media inside the State House. (Photo by Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post via Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Monday that an independent candidacy would likely “end up re-electing the President.”

The statement was seemingly a not-so-veiled reference to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, who has said on Twitter and in a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday that he’s considering an independent bid for the presidency.

Schultz told “60 Minutes”: “I will run as a centrist independent, outside of the two-party system.”

Bloomberg seemed to respond to the interview in his statement Monday.

“In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President,” Bloomberg wrote. “That’s a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can’t afford to run it now.”

He added: “We must remain united, and we must not allow any candidate to divide or fracture us. The stakes couldn’t be higher.”

Read Bloomberg’s full “Statement on Independent Run” here, or below:

Last fall I spent over $100 million of my own money to elect Democrats to the House because I believed it was absolutely imperative to ensure a congressional counterweight to President Trump.

Thankfully, we were successful. But that was just the first step — the next and most important step is to defeat Donald Trump in 2020.

Now I have never been a partisan guy — and it’s no secret that I looked at an independent bid in the past. In fact I faced exactly the same decision now facing others who are considering it.

The data was very clear and very consistent. Given the strong pull of partisanship and the realities of the electoral college system, there is no way an independent can win. That is truer today than ever before.

In 2020, the great likelihood is that an independent would just split the anti-Trump vote and end up re-electing the President. That’s a risk I refused to run in 2016 and we can’t afford to run it now.

We must remain united, and we must not allow any candidate to divide or fracture us. The stakes couldn’t be higher.

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  1. Bloomberg should have also said…

    “Belive me, I’ve run the numbers and I’m a more household name, don’t f~ck us here man!”

  2. Avatar for eglot eglot says:

    This message is to all those “Never Hillary”, vote Jill Stein geniuses out there. Don’t give Trump any more help!

  3. Ah, Mike Bloomberg. This is what Republicans used to look like.

  4. Avatar for erik_t erik_t says:

    I’m not convinced we really know what (if any!) constituency would be excited by or activated for Schultz. I don’t think it’s a priori obvious that his entrance would benefit Trump – it might, but it’s being taken as axiomatic for no reason.

    I do know it’s too fucking important to defeat Trump than to dare find out. Hopeless vanity third-party runs are breathlessly idiotic.

  5. Well good for Bloomberg. Add him to Coons and Castro and I think the message may seep in to the would-be contenders.

    @arrendis Bloomberg was always a Democrat. The Republican mayor of NYC role was a side trip.

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