Former New York Mayor and staunch gun control advocate Michael Bloomberg hosted a ‘rally’ day on Saturday in Texas, along with television personality star Judge Judy Sheindlin, to support his primary bid for the presidency. But, apparently the old adage of “money can’t buy love” is still true. A total of less than 750 people attended the event.
In fact, less than 150 were present at the restaurant gathering, although other outlets reported that the numbers were much, much smaller.
“Unlike everyone else in this race, I think what’s important is beating Donald Trump,” Bloomberg told [listeners in] San Antonio.
Bloomberg, 77, has eschewed tradition by entering the race late, forgoing attempts to make the debate stage, spending big out of his personal account, and focusing on the later states in an attempt to gain the 2020 Democratic nomination.
During his 13-minute stump speech, Bloomberg highlighted efforts to increase teacher pay in New York and his plan to cut carbon emissions. He then attacked Trump, saying he would spend less time tweeting if he were president.
“I can’t spell very well, so that’s relatively easy to do,” stated Bloomberg.
The RealClearPolitics national average shows Bloomberg polling at 5.8%, trailing former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Vice President Joe Biden, and Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
Essentially, Bloomberg seems to believe that by out-spending President Trump, he can trick people into voting for him. Perhaps he believes this because money has controlled smaller elections in the past, instituting gun-control measures despite majority sentiment in key districts.
Regardless, he’ll have to do much better than drawing less than 750 people to beat a president who is leading the most prosperous economy in decades.