Politico reports that Michael Bloomberg came to Virginia recently to deliver a message to Democrats: I told you so.
The former New York City mayor delivered his most scathing remarks about Trump since he called then-candidate Donald Trump a “dangerous demagogue” and knocked his business credentials in a speech at the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
“I said then that he was just not suited,” Bloomberg said Friday morning in a speech at the Democratic Business Council of Northern Virginia event. “He did not have the skills, the temperament, the work ethic to be president of the United States.”
Though both are New York billionaires, Bloomberg said he knew Trump in their former lives only “casually” through interactions at ceremonial events. He assailed the former real estate mogul for what he called “a complete failure of presidential leadership” and “totally incompetent management” as some federal agencies remain shuttered amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.
The government has been partially shut down for more than a month as Trump and Democrats spar over billions of dollars for his border wall.
“The whole episode really is a cynical, political stunt, and, unfortunately, we’re the ones paying the price,” Bloomberg said. “You’ve gotten exactly what I described: This is a person who should not be the president of the United States, and I think we have to get serious. He is way in over his head.”