Although former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is not likely to win the Democratic Party’s 2020 nomination, he is positioning himself as a game-changer by promising to have a big impact on the showdown that will take place later this year between one lucky Democrat and President Donald Trump.
According to NBC News, Bloomberg has vowed that even if he doesn’t win the Dems’ nod, his campaign will shift to aid Trump’s challenger by funding a “sizable campaign effort” that would include his reportedly “massive campaign apparatus” and “army of some 500 staffers.”
“Mike Bloomberg is either going to be the nominee or the most important person supporting the Democratic nominee for president,” Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey said, according to NBC. “He is dedicated to getting Trump out of the White House.”
GOP advisers are reportedly on high alert amid the news, as it could have a serious impact on the 2020 election.
Buying an election
Going up against Trump will be a challenge for Democrats this November, not only because of the president’s popularity, but also because of the huge war chest held by the Republican National Committee (RNC).
Indeed, it seems inevitable that Trump will have the funding advantage going into 2020 — but Bloomberg is hoping to do his part to fight back. The 2020 hopeful has said that even if he loses, he will use his campaign in any way he can to assist Trump’s challenger — and keep in mind, the ex-mayor is personally worth billions, according to Town & Country.
In theory, this means that some of that resource gap can be filled, which has some advisers, like Republican operative Mike Shields, worried.
“If he’s going to put hundreds of millions into a presidential campaign, damn right it will have an effect,” Shields told the Washington Examiner. “It’s called buying an election.”
A lasting impact?
Still, other GOP insiders are less concerned. According to the Examiner, Trump campaign staffer Erin Perrine said Bloomberg “will never be able to match the ground game and data operation of President Trump and the RNC.”
And there’s another reason this may not be as big of a problem as some have suggested: as RNC spokesman Steve Guest pointed out, there is a federal law that will prevent Bloomberg from coordinating with Trump’s challenger.
“Liberal billionaires can spend as much outside money as they want,” Guest said. “But the eventual nominee cannot coordinate with anything they build.”
Only time will tell if that stops Bloomberg and the rest of the Democrats from succeeding in their plan to oust Trump one way or another.