Few observers among either Democrats or Republicans were pleased to see billionaire Michael Bloomberg address the Democratic National Convention this week. The former New York City mayor (and ultra-brief presidential candidate) has been hammered by the left for trying to hijack the election with his money. And even though his run for the White House sputtered out almost immediately, there is still significant animus from progressives who think he somehow cost progressives like Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders a shot at the nomination.
In his speech, Bloomberg went after President Donald Trump, following the primary theme of the week (seeing as how there’s precious little to talk about when it comes to Joe Biden). Bloomberg invited criticism and mockery, however, when he attacked Trump for failing to pay his contractors.
“Trump says we should vote for him because he’s a great business man. Really?” Bloomberg said. “He drove his companies into bankruptcy six times, always leaving behind customers and contractors who were cheated and swindled and stopped doing business with him. Well this time, all of us are paying the price.”
That inspired journalist Yashar Ali to note Bloomberg’s own history of stiffing workers.
“Infuriating hypocrisy on the most important night of the DNC. Bloomberg slams Trump for stiffing contractors/workers. Bloomberg himself stiffed campaign workers after promising them employment through the election. He had to be shamed into giving them healthcare through November,” Ali tweeted.
Indeed, one former Bloomberg campaign staffer told NPR this March that he would have never taken the job had it not been for the billionaire’s financial promise to the team.
“I honestly don’t know if I would have taken the job if it weren’t for that specific guarantee, because I knew I wanted to work on the general election,” Matthew Jeweler said.
The Bloomberg campaign is now the subject of two separate lawsuits brought about by former workers who say they want their promised money.
“One lawsuit, filed by Donna Wood, a former field organizer for Bloomberg’s campaign in Florida, alleges that the campaign misled employees, recruiting them to work for Bloomberg under false pretenses and had failed to pay the necessary overtime. The lawsuit was filed in federal court in New York City,” NPR reported.
But that’s the Democratic National Convention in a nutshell. They’re standing up there claiming to fight against “authoritarianism” while wholly supporting groups like Black Lives Matter that demand fealty – even kneeling – from white Americans. They’re claiming they will “fix” the country while running a candidate who has been in the highest levels of government for decades. They’re claiming they will restore honor to the Oval Office while presenting speakers like Bill Clinton.
If it weren’t for platitudes and hypocrisy, they wouldn’t have had anything to say.