Money Can’t Buy Him Love; Low turnout, unhappy audiences, and bad polling for Mike Bloomberg

Bloomberg has a problem. He’s spent a whopping $200,000,000 since announcing his campaign 7 weeks ago, and nothing is going right.

Not even 50 people showed up to Bloomberg’s kickoff event for President in Texas when the Democrat turned Republican turned Independent turned Democrat started his campaign officially in San Antonio, Texas.

The billionaire held his first event in a San Antonio venue called Viva Villa Restaurant. The gathering had been hyped up by the campaign for some time, and the Bloomberg team publicized the event to supporters. There was one problem though. Almost nobody showed up.

The venue ended up having an audience of less than 50 people. 45 in total according to reporters at the event. Not the showing a candidate running for president wants to have as their grand day one event.

The Washington Examiner was the first newspaper to point out the dismal numbers for the former Mayor, calling it a small gathering. Other media outlets have opted to ignore the turnout.

Even more troubling for the campaign, Bloomberg brought in high profile supporter Judge Judy to help drum up an audience, and this failed. 

“When I’m in the Oval Office, no more tweeting,” Bloomberg promised the gathering.

“Actually I can’t spell very well,” he admitted. “So that’s relatively easy to do.”

He then went on the offensive against President Trump.

“We are here to win this election and I am running to defeat Donald Trump,” Bloomberg said. “We’re going to finally turn Texas blue.”

The small following applauded the announcement.

Bloomberg has chosen many unconventional pages out of the campaign playbook.

He jumped in late as the Democratic Primary has begun winding down in prep for the primaries. He is also choosing to altogether skip the first couple primaries that are seen as essential for a candidate for president.

The billionaire is estimated to be worth over $50 billion. In the seven weeks since he announced his campaign, he’s guessed to have burned through $200,000,000 of it.

At the event in Texas, Bloomberg promised to be soft of illegal immigration, tough on gun rights, and expand big government for health care.

“When the law was written, the internet and gun shows didn’t exist, and so the (current) law doesn’t apply to them. That’s the only thing that we need changed,” he said.

And on his his online front, he’s facing scrutiny now for a homepage photo flop.

Bloomberg’s cover photo for the homepage of his website stands out, but not for a reason he might want. The image shows billionaire presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaking to an assumed audience. Also in the photo, appear a number of people with Bloomberg For President memorabilia who look like supporters. Except the looks on their faces say anything but. In the carefully picked photo of african americans, women, men whites, hispanics, eldery and teenagers,  their faces all resemble the same expression.

The first is a young men of light brown complexion, possibly in his early twenties. He has a Bloomberg shirt on, but is looking away sadly from Mike speak.

The second attendee has her eyes closed and is pouting.  The third is a middle aged minority male in a suit. He also gives out an unhappy look and stares away from Mike and the camera.

There’s a kid behind them who looks confused. Another teen who looks befuddled on why he’s there. A women also with her eyes closed. And a final young adult who looks bored.

From the look of the photo, not one of Bloomberg’s supporters look at all enthusiastic to be there. Considering this is the image chosen to be on the homepage of his website, one must wonder what the bad photos looked like.


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