The day before Mike Bloomberg dropped out of the Democratic presidential race, he was chided on social media for posting a video of himself taking a piece of pizza from a pizza box on a table in a campaign office, ripping the crust off the pizza and throwing it back in the box. In yet another despicable act, the former New York City mayor could be seen licking every finger after handling the pizza meant for campaign workers. On the same day the video was taken, Bloomberg criticized President Trump and his handling of the coronavirus.
Even President Trump shared the disgusting video of the mayor on Twitter, warning him, “Mini Mike, don’t lick your dirty fingers. Both unsanitary and dangerous to others and yourself!” he tweeted.
After reading about how Mike’s high paid staff took advantage of his generosity, maybe it wasn’t such a big deal that Mike licked his fingers while sharing pizza with campaign staffers, after all.
According to the National Review– Staffers for former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg’s failed presidential campaign have described how the campaign imploded after Bloomberg’s Nevada debate performance and detailed how Bloomberg’s vast campaign resources were taken advantage of.
Despite paying his staff the best salaries and providing amenities — like free housing and meals and new iPhones — Bloomberg lacked loyalty and enthusiasm among his employees.
“At our first office meeting, my [director] said, ‘We don’t need to canvass. We can just make calls, right guys?’ And everyone was like, ‘Yeah, that’s sensible,’” an official said.
Staffers also admitted to siphoning away resources from the campaign to serve their own interests, with Bloomberg’s organizers in San Diego reportedly using Bloomberg’s funds for other local campaigns.
“I would actively canvass for Bernie when I was supposed to be canvassing for Mike. I know of at least one team of ‘volunteers’ that was entirely fabricated by the organizers who had to hit their goals. It was easy enough to fudge the data to make it look like real people put in real volunteer work when in reality Mike was getting nothing out of it,” one person said.
Others detailed how Bloomberg’s social media campaign — which included paying $2,500 a month in exchange for staffers to text personal contacts and post daily on social media about Bloomberg — was so lackluster that accounts would be flagged as spam and suspended for copying and pasting campaign talking points.