Former New York City mayor in extraordinary attack on Donald Trump

nyPHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania – Former Republican Mayor of New York City, billionaire Michael Bloomberg, has slammed Donald Trump, falling just short of calling him a conman.

“Throughout his career, Trump has left behind a well-documented record of bankruptcies, lawsuits, and angry shareholders and contractors who feel cheated, as well as disillusioned customers who feel ripped off. He says he wants to run the nation like he has run his business. God help us,” Bloomberg said in an address to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia on Wednesday night.

“I’m a New Yorker, and New Yorkers know a con when we see one,” Bloomberg said. “Trump says he’ll punish manufacturers that move to Mexico or China, but the clothes he sells are made overseas in low-wage factories. He says he wants to put Americans back to work, but he games the U.S. visa system so he can hire temporary foreign workers at low wages. He says he wants to deport 11 million undocumented people, but he seems to have no problem in hiring them. What’d I miss here?”

Bloomberg who inaugurated the global wire service Bloomberg, and was elected mayor of New York City as a Republican just two months after the September 11, 2001 attacks, and ran New York City for 12 years, says he is now an independent.

“I’ve been a Democrat. I’ve been a Republican. And I eventually became an independent, because I don’t believe either party has a monopoly on good ideas or strong leadership,” he said. “When I enter the voting booth, I look at the candidate, not the party label. I have supported elected officials from both sides of the aisle.”

“Too many Republicans wrongly blame immigrants for our problems, and they stand in the way of action on climate change and gun violence. Meanwhile, many Democrats wrongly blame the private sector for our problems, and they stand in the way of action on education reform and deficit reduction,” the former NYC mayor said.

“There are times when I disagree with Hillary Clinton. But whatever our disagreements may be, I’ve come here to say: We must put them aside for the good of our country and unite around the candidate who can defeat a dangerous demagogue.”

“We’ve heard a lot of talk in this campaign about needing a leader who understands business. I couldn’t agree more. I’ve built a business. And I didn’t start it with a $1 million check from my father,” continued Bloomberg.

“Because of my success in the private sector, I had the chance to run America’s largest city for 12 years, governing in the wake of its greatest tragedy. Today, as an independent, an entrepreneur and a former mayor, I believe we need a president who is a problem-solver, not a bomb-thrower, someone who can bring members of Congress together to get big things done.”

“I know Hillary Clinton can do all this, because I saw it firsthand when she was in the Senate. I was elected mayor two months after Sept. 11, as a Republican, and I saw how she worked with Republicans in Washington to ensure that New York got the help it needed to recover and rebuild. We didn’t always agree, but she always listened. That’s the kind of approach we need in Washington today, and it has to start in the White House,” said Bloomberg.

The former mayor lashed out at Mr Trump’s plans to deport Mexicans and stop the inflow of Muslims. “We can only solve our biggest problems if we come together and embrace the freedoms that our Founding Fathers established here in Philadelphia, freedoms that made possible the American exceptionalism we now enjoy. Donald Trump doesn’t understand that. Hillary Clinton does,” he said.

“I understand the appeal of a businessman president. But Trump’s business plan is a disaster in the making. It would make it harder for small businesses to compete, threaten the retirement savings of millions of Americans, lead to greater debt and more unemployment, erode our influence in the world, and make our communities less safe.”

“The bottom line: Trump is a risky, reckless and radical choice, and one we can’t afford to make,” Bloomberg added.

Culled from the Big News Network online

“Now, I know Hillary Clinton is not flawless. No candidate is. But she is the right and responsible choice in this election. No matter what you may think about her politics or her record, Hillary Clinton understands that this is not reality television. This is reality. She understands that the job of president involves finding solutions, not pointing fingers, and offering hope, not stoking fear.”

Culled from the Big News Network online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.