In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Post, President Trump revealed he would “love” to run against “little Michael Bloomberg” in the 2020 presidential race.
“I would love to run against him. He’s been fighting me hard. He spent $100 million against me – that didn’t work. He spent a lot of money last night against Cindy Hyde-Smith. That didn’t work out so well,” he told the Post.
The President laughed off a question from the Post reporter about whether or not he could lose to former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), or Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
When asked about Gillibrand, Trump pointed out that she used to “love” guns as a congresswoman from upstate New York, however once she ran for Senate, her views changed.
“She’s the only person I’ve ever seen who loved guns more than any human being on earth when she was a congresswoman from upstate New York back then,” he said. “She loved guns more than any person, anywhere in the United States. The day she announced she was running for the Senate. All of the sudden, ‘Gun? I’ve never heard that word before.’”
“She’s not going to make it, she’s not going to make it,” he added.
Of Booker, Trump said, “He ran Newark into the ground. And he decided not to live there, which was illegal. So I’m sure they’ll look into that situation. He did such a bad job in Newark that he didn’t live there. No, he’s not going to be a problem.”
Trump’s comments come after a Bloomberg article earlier this week revealed the strategies Democrats are going to use for the 2020 presidential race.
The article points out that the 2018 midterm candidates largely steered clear from engaging with Trump’s colorful rhetoric and instead focused on topics such as health care and economics. This–the article states–led to “sweeping victories, taking control of the House and picking up seven governor’s mansions.”
Former Obama adviser Dan Pfeiffer says what Democrats need in order to win in 2020 is a candidate who has their own compelling story “that doesn’t feature Trump as the main character.”
“Trump’s greatest political strength is the ability to move the political conversation off topics that matter to Democratic and swing voters and onto topics that excite his base,” Pfeiffer said to Bloomberg in an email. “The challenge for the Democrats is not allow Trump to drive the conversation every day. We have to think creatively and strategically about how and what we communicate and do it with relentless discipline.”
Another large focus for Democrats will be the small town rural vote.