Trump would defeat any of his Democratic White House rivals: Bloomberg
Bloomberg, 77, a billionaire media mogul and former New York mayor, was a late entry into the race last month.
Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg said on Friday that Donald Trump would easily defeat any of his Democratic White House rivals in next year's election, bluntly declaring: "Donald Trump would eat 'em up."
Bloomberg, 77, a billionaire media mogul and former New York mayor, was a late entry into the race last month. He has been privately disparaging of his Democratic presidential rivals but this was the first time he had been so critical of them in public.
In an interview on CBS's This Morning, Bloomberg said: "I looked at our national government getting worse, the way we're behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016, 'He is the wrong person for the job. He doesn't have the temperament or the ethics or the intellect to do the job.'"
Bloomberg added: "And I said, 'We just can't have another four years of this.' And then I watched all the candidates. And I just thought to myself: 'Donald Trump would eat 'em up."
Bloomberg, a former Republican and independent, fears that liberal candidates such as US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, and their proposed costly expansion of government programmes, will alienate voters in battleground states.
Bloomberg and 14 other Democrats are vying to become the party's nominee to take on Republican President Trump in next November's election. The nominating contest begins in Iowa on February 3.
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