WASHINGTON – Michael Bloomberg blasted President Donald Trump for his support of the far right and emphasized his unwavering support for Israel, at an event for Jewish supporters in Florida on Sunday, criticizing his fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders along the way.
Bloomberg attacked Trump for “trying to use Israel as a wedge issue for his own political purposes.” He called the 45th president’s use of Israel in American politics “a disgrace.” He added that “we must never let Israel be a football that American politicians kick around.”
“There are those who will cite the embassy move [to Jerusalem] as a reason to support President Trump,” Bloomberg said. “To that I say very clearly: If I am elected, you will never have to choose between supporting Israel and supporting our values here at home.” He said that, unlike Trump, “I will defend both."
The former New York mayor said that, “To me, there is no such thing as a ‘very fine’ white supremacist” – a reference to Trump’s infamous quote following a white nationalist protest that turned violent in Charlottesville, Virginia, in 2017. Trump is echoing “language that the KKK used” and “undermining our national values,” Bloomberg added.
Bloomberg was speaking in front of several hundred people at the Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center and Tauber Academy Social Hall, Miami.
Bloomberg has recently promised that even if he doesn’t get the Democratic nomination, he will use as much as $2 billion of his own money to fund the campaign of the nominee who will face Trump in November.
This didn't prevent him from differentiating himself from the other Jewish candidate running in the primary, Senator Bernie Sanders. “I know I’m not the only Jewish candidate running for president. But I am the only one who doesn’t want to turn America into a kibbutz,” Bloomberg said, referring to Sanders’ socialist views.
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Sanders, who pulled ahead of his Democratic nomination contenders in both Iowa and New Hampshire according to polls released on Sunday, volunteered in a kibbutz in Israel in the 1960s.
Bloomberg, who entered the presidential race at the end of 2019, has already spent hundreds of millions of dollars on his campaign.