PHILADELPHIA — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg acknowledged his issues with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s policies, but argued he thinks the country needs to vote for her since he thinks Republican nominee Donald Trump is a “con,” he said during his Wednesday night speech at the Democratic National Convention.
Bloomberg, an Independent, said he understands failing to agree with full party platforms, adding he thinks Democrats blame the private sector for too many of the country’s problems and are wrong on education policy while he disagrees with most Republicans on immigration, global warming and gun control.
“There are times when I disagree with Hillary. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country,” he said. “And we must unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.”
Bloomberg said while he usually encourages businessmen to run for public office, but thinks Trump would lead the country in the wrong direction – slamming him for his stance on immigration when he has used factories abroad to produce products and calling for deportations when he has hired a number of immigrants.
“Truth be told, the richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy,” he said.
The media mogul slammed Trump for his business dealings, saying that unlike the Republican nominee, he managed create a successful business without “a million-dollar check from my father,” adding he isn’t impressed with the number of bankruptcies and lawsuits the candidate has had.
“I understand the appeal of a businessman president,” he said. “But Trump’s business plan is a disaster in the making.
Bloomberg went on to refer to Clinton as a “unifier,” claiming he saw first hand Clinton working well with Republicans following the 9/11 attacks, adding he thinks that will be her approach in Washington.
“Let’s elect someone sane to the White House,” he said.
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