Trump, Self-Declared 'Un-Trump' Duke It Out - Page 2

President, Bloomberg exchange insults as former mayor distances self from old comments
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 9:55 AM CST

  • Other Trump slam: "Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can't debate and has zero presence, you will see," Trump also tweeted, along with a photoshopped image of Bloomberg posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino, notes NBC News. "He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb 'Low Energy' Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!"
  • Bloomberg controversy: The former New York City mayor is pushing back after the surfacing of 2015 comments in which he defended the city's controversial "stop and frisk" policy under his watch. Among those 2015 comments, per NPR: "People say, 'Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana who are all minorities.' Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes, that's true. Why'd we do it? Because that's where all the crime is. And the way you should get the guns out of the kids' hands is throw them against the wall and frisk them."
  • Changed views: On Wednesday, Bloomberg said, "Those words don't reflect the way that I've governed or the way that I run my company or the way that I live," reports Politico. "I've led the most diverse city in the country, and the public there reelected me, and reelected me two other times, so I think they're pretty happy." Bloomberg said he didn't think the 2015 remarks would hurt him with black voters. "I think we're going to do very well in the African-American community," he said. "They need a good economy, they need better schools, they want health care, they need jobs, and those are the kinds of things that I can bring on."
  • The money: NBC News reports that Bloomberg has been spending $1 million a day of late on Facebook ads alone and has easily surpassed Trump ("the reigning king of the social media realm") on that front. The amount is more than triple what Trump's campaign spent per day on Facebook in the 2016 campaign, and it suggests Bloomberg will be "taking eyeballs away from Trump," says an expert in data-driven marketing. That's in part because of how Facebook ads are sold in "real-time auctions."
  • The impact: An analysis at the Washington Post notes that Bloomberg has pledged to keep up the anti-Trump spending even if he isn't the nominee, which means "Bloomberg’s money could end up playing some kind of role in blunting" Trump's Facebook messaging straight through to November, writes Greg Sargent.
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