Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is far from Donald Trump’s biggest fan. On issues like government regulations, climate change, and gun control, the two billionaires could hardly be further apart. And while Bloomberg has long identified himself as a right-leaning independent, if not a Republican, he has garnered himself plenty of ideological enemies among conservatives – thanks largely to his Everytown for Gun Safety initiative, which has become one of the most powerful and, frankly, annoying gun control groups in the country.
So Bloomberg may not be anyone’s idea of a Trump supporter, but he is also not one of these far-left whackadoo Democrats, either. And perhaps that’s what allows him to be a reasonable voice of opposition when it comes to Trump and the MAGA agenda. He’s someone who, for all of his faults, understands that it’s okay to disagree with a politician without demonizing them or making them out to be the modern-day equivalent of Adolf Hitler. That’s a pretty low bar, granted, but these days we’re happy to take what we can get.
On The View – a TV show filled with the WORST kind of liberal Democrats – Bloomberg said that Americans should support President Trump regardless of their personal politics. He argued that it was bad for the country if Democrats turned into obstructionists – that they should work across the aisle and compromise for the strength of the Republic.
“In other countries, they try to tear down the government,” he said. “They try to have a revolution. You can protest. You can elect other officials. You can write letters. You can make phone calls. You can carry signs. You can do all that. But in the end, we’re a democracy. The public has spoken—whether you like the results or not.”
Bloomberg appeared to take a dim view of those sour liberals walking around proclaiming that Trump was “not their president.”
“You have to make it work,” he said. “We has an election. Whoever wins, you’ve got to get behind, and you can run against someone else. He’s our president and we need the country to be run well. Let’s just all hope that Donald Trump is a good president of the United States.”
Wednesday’s interview did not exactly put us on Team Bloomberg, but he managed to show liberals that it’s completely possible to disagree with the president on nearly every issue and still show a certain amount of patriotic grace when opposing him. That’s more than we would have expected from him, and more than we’ve seen from 99% of liberal Democrats over the last six months.