On Episode 110 of War Room: Impeachment Stephen K. Bannon, Raheem Kassam, and Jason Miller were joined by former congressman Darrell Issa to discuss Bloomberg’s potential influence in the Democrat primary for the 2020 Presidential election.
Milled ignited the discussion: “Congressman, I want to get your take on the Democrat primary for President. Who do you think is going to be the nominee? Is Crazy Bernie going to do it? Are we going to see Hillary or Bloomberg come in in a brokered convention? What’s your take?”
“It’s going to be [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] with a Constitutional amendment,” Issa joked. “They’re just going to have to allow younger.”
“Bernie is AOC,” Bannon noted. “All the energy [behind his campaign] is coming from her.”
“The one thing I know is that Michael Bloomberg will buy enough votes and enough influence to adversely affect the outcome,” Issa said.
Rep. @DarrellIssa: Bloomberg will buy enough votes/influence to affect the outcome of Dem primary
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The former congressman continued: “Bernie, who’s a populist et cetera, it probably is his biggest nemesis to have somebody who is distorting the process with vast amounts of money. [Bloomberg’s] not the only one doing it, but-”
“This is a scale that was unheard of,” Bannon said.
“It was unheard of when he ran for his third reelection [as mayor of New York City],” Issa added. Bannon noted Bloomberg spent three hundred million dollars in that race.
Issa elaborated on the election: “He was an okay mayor. But can you imagine having to spend that much if you’re an okay mayor? He should have had a free walk for his reelection.”
Bloomberg “said the other day that he will commit a billion dollars if he’s not the nominee… How big an impact will that have?” Bannon asked the former congressman.
“On a Democratic party that can be bought? A lot,” Issa replied. “They’re actually being rented, not bought.”