Democratic Debate Like ‘Roman Coliseum,’ As Candidates Attack Bloomberg


( – Michael Bloomberg finally qualified for a Democratic debate this week, but he may be regretted stepping on stage with the other candidates.

In what CNN labeled a “fiery and contentious” Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas, Nevada, Wednesday night, Bloomberg was the subject for the wrath of other candidates, especially the “non-stop barrage” from Elizabeth Warren.

Warren started the stream of attacks by saying Bloomberg is an “arrogant billionaire” who “calls women fat broads and horse faced lesbians.”

Once Warren opened the floodgates, the other candidates were quick to jump in on the attacks.

Amy Klobuchar said Bloomberg has been “hiding behind his TV ads.” Joe Biden slammed him for being against Obamacare. Bernie Sanders attacked him for his ongoing support of the stop-and-frisk policy that New York City implemented while he was mayor. And Pete Buttigieg said he’s “a billionaire who thinks that money ought to be the root of all power.”

At a time when many Democrats are not united on any one particular issue, they certainly were united Wednesday night in their dislike and displeasure with Bloomberg, who thus far has remained on the sidelines of the race for the Democratic nomination, ignoring traditional campaigning in favor of big-money ad spending.

CNN’s recap of the night said Bloomberg “had answers for none of the criticism about his previous support for stop-and-frisk policing, his opposition to Obamacare, offensive remarks about women or why he hasn’t yet released his tax returns.”

Warren’s biggest attack on Bloomberg really outed him. She and Biden both asked he release women from their non-disclosure agreements they signed after claiming Bloomberg displayed sexist and misogynistic behavior while the women were working at his company.

Warren said the women were “being muzzled” and “the drip, drip, drip of stories of women saying they have been harassed and discriminated against” would end up being a huge liability for Bloomberg in a general election against Trump.

She asked him directly: “Mr. Mayor, are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements, so we can hear their side of the story?”

In response, Bloomberg said: “None of them accuse me of doing anything other than, maybe they didn’t like a joke I told. I’m simply not going to end these agreements because they were made consensually and they have every right to expect they will stay private.”

Warren seemed to not stop her attack on Bloomberg, urging Democratic voters to not “substitute one arrogant billionaire for another,” referring to the possibility of nominating Bloomberg to face off against Trump.

Media outlets around the country have been commenting ever since last night’s debate about the attacks on Bloomberg and the fiery nature of the debate in general.

Chris Matthews of MSNBC said, “It was the Roman Coliseum. It was boxing in the 1950s. [Bloomberg] had no way to stop it.”

With Bloomberg officially in the thick of the Democratic primary race now, it’ll be interesting to see how contentious, attacking and nasty this race gets.