Bloomberg ställer inte upp i presidentvalet

Michael Bloomberg (fd borgmästare i New York) ställer inte upp i presidentvalet som oberoende kandidat. Han meddelade det i en artikel i Bloomberg View. Intresset har varit svalt ända sedan han lyfte idén. Det har han nu också kunnat konstatera.

When I look at the data, it’s clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win.

Han motiverar också sitt beslut med att han inte vill vara orsaken till att Trump blir president.

As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both Houses, there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or Senator Ted Cruz. That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.

I have known Mr. Trump casually for many years, and we have always been on friendly terms. I even agreed to appear on “The Apprentice” — twice. But he has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears. Abraham Lincoln, the father of the Republican Party, appealed to our “better angels.” Trump appeals to our worst impulses.