Bloomberg Tweets Image of Meatball With His Face on It During Democratic Debate

Bloomberg's social media team tweeted a series of 'facts' during the Democratic debate the former New York mayor didn't qualify for

Ron Kampeas
An image tweeted by Michael Bloomberg's social media team, January 14, 2020.
An image tweeted by Michael Bloomberg's social media team, January 14, 2020. Credit: Screenshot/Twitter
Ron Kampeas

Michael Bloomberg didn’t make the cut for the Democratic debate this week, so his social media team dined out on a meatball. With the mayor’s face on it.

Over the course of Tuesday night’s debate, broadcast by CNN from Iowa, the former New York mayor’s Twitter feed sent out a series of “facts” suggesting that Bloomberg’s campaign was not taking the debate very seriously.

“Mike’s not in tonight’s @CNN #DemDebate,” Team Bloomberg said as an opener. “But, to get to know him better, here are some interesting facts about Mike. #BloombergFacts.”

A source close to the campaign confirmed that Bloomberg’s team was behind the feed. It was not hacked.

The team started out with what appeared to be genuine facts — which Boston hospital Bloomberg was born in (St. Elizabeth’s), where he attended university (Johns Hopkins), and how many terms he served as mayor (three). But soon they transitioned to facts that were, well, truthy.

The first was a photo of Bloomberg’s face appearing on a meatball. “Test your political knowledge: SPOT THE MEATBALL THAT LOOKS LIKE MIKE.”

“Everyone around the office calls him ‘Mike,’ except for one weird intern who calls him ‘Mitch,'” read another.

A few poked fun at Bloomberg, including his efforts to regulate junk food.

“Mike advised people to eat less salt, because it leads to hypertension,” said a tweet. “He also advised people to stop eating pineapple on pizza, because it’s disgusting.”

Bloomberg met the polling minimum for the debate, but not its fund-raising requirement because he is using his own money to finance his presidential bid. The founder of the Bloomberg News empire, Bloomberg is estimated to be worth over $50 billion.

Click the alert icon to follow topics:



Automatic approval of subscriber comments.

$1 for the first month

Already signed up? LOG IN

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Atomic Energy Organization of Iran chief Mohammad Eslami at an event for Nuclear Technology Day in Tehran, last month.

Prospects for Reviving Iran Nuclear Deal 'Tenuous' at Best, U.S. Envoy Says

A family grieves outside the SSGT Willie de Leon Civic Center following the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas on Wednesday.

Israeli PM Offers Condolences After Texas Gunman Kills 21 at Elementary School

U.S. President Joe Biden, this week.

Biden Decides to Keep Iran's Revolutionary Guards on Terror List, Says Report

ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

Progressive Jews Urge ADL Chief to Apologize for Calling Out Democratic Activist

Democratic Sen. Bernie Sanders with Jessica Cisneros in San Antonio last week.

It’s AIPAC vs. Bernie Sanders in Too-close-to-call Texas Democratic Runoff

U.S. President Joe Biden. Making a historic pivot to Asia.

Biden Does What His Three Predecessors Talked About Yet Failed to Do