Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is sitting on the precipice of officially entering the 2020 presidential race, is planning to roll out a major television advertising campaign on Monday, according to an i24 News report.
By: JTV News
Bloomberg, who is worth about $54 billion, purchased a total of $31 million in advertising inserts, according to the ad tracking firm Advertising Analytics.
Until this time, the largest sum ever spent on television advertising for a presidential race was $25 million by former President Barack Obama at the end of his 2012 presidential race. The imminent ad campaign has roiled the other Democratic party contenders who are struggling for prominence in a run against Trump in November of 2020.
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who is currently one of the Democratic front-runners, lashed out at Bloomberg in a tweet for his unprecedented TV ad shopping spree.
Sanders, who has openly called himself a Socialist, has made it a lynch pin in his candidacy to launch verbal attacks on billionaires for owning way too much wealth in this country.
In his tweet, Sanders wrote:
I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy elections.
If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president. https://twitter.com/ShaneGoldmacher/status/1197987318537367554 …
Sanders is finding himself in hot water once again with Israel supporters for his hateful anti-Israel posture.
INN reported several days ago that Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon, criticized Sanders; excoriating the senator’s proposal to ‘leverage’ US military aid to Israel.
Speaking at a gala event held by the Zionist Organization of America in New York City Sunday evening, Danon mocked Sanders references to his brief stint working on a kibbutz, and accusing the senator of ignorance on Middle East issues.
“Mr. Sanders, a few months on a kibbutz in 1963 can only teach you so much,” Danon said, according to the Jewish Insider.
“Perhaps Mr. Sanders didn’t hear about Israel leaving Gaza in 2005,” Danon continued. “Maybe he hasn’t had the chance to visit the Kerem Shalom crossing, where hundreds of trucks pass daily to provide humanitarian aid to Gaza. Maybe he doesn’t know about the terror tunnels.”
The ambassador said Sanders’ plan would only benefit the Hamas terror organization which rules Gaza, while hurting Israel.
He “is suggesting to give less military assistance to the United States’ most important ally in the Middle East in order to give it to Hamas, a terrorist organization that celebrated the tragedy of 9/11.”