UPDATED 9:44 AM PT — Tuesday, November 26, 2019
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is reportedly entering the 2020 presidential race because he says President Trump is winning. That’s according to his campaign manager Kevin Sheekey, who said in a recent interview that Bloomberg views the president as a “existential crisis.”
Kevin Sheekey, Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign manager: "Mike is getting in this race because he thinks that Donald Trump is an existential crisis, and he thinks he's on a path to victory." pic.twitter.com/UdGREqMger
— The Hill (@thehill) November 25, 2019
Sheekey cited recent polls which show President Trump beating Democrat candidates in some general election states, including Wisconsin, Michigan and North Carolina. This comes as Bloomberg made his first speech as a Democrat presidential candidate in Virginia on Monday.
“We have a president, a commander-in-chief who has no respect for the rule of law and no concern whatsoever for ethics or honor or for the values that truly make America great,” he stated. “If President Trump wins another term in office, we may never recover from the damage that he can do — the stakes could not be higher.”
Sheekey also defended criticism against Bloomberg for skipping the first four nominating states by saying no one has ever tried it before. Those four states typically indicate who will be chosen as the nominee.