Billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s bow out of the race for the Democratic nomination was a $550 million lesson in politics, but the 2020 White House race will cost him more money since he’s thrown his endorsement to former Vice President Joe Biden in order to “defeat Donald Trump.”
It creates an important and formidable new threat to grassroots Second Amendment activists because not only did Biden declare vehemently anti-gun ex-Texas Congressman Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke his point man on guns, now he’ll have Bloomberg’s bucks to swell his campaign war chest.
Bloomberg’s endorsement may more quickly exacerbate a rift that is already shaping up within the Democrat party. Back on Feb. 28, Yahoo News noted that Democrat “superdelegates” may line up against Sanders, at which point there could be trouble at the July convention. Many of Sanders’ troops believe he was robbed of the nomination in 2016, and for it to happen a second time could be problematic.
Bloomberg suspended his campaign Wednesday following a dismal Super Tuesday performance. He invested a fortune and all he got in return was a win in American Samoa, thus his departure from the field.
However, Bloomberg’s embarrassing flop demonstrated that big money can be defeated. Biden spent less than Sanders or Bloomberg in Texas, yet he won there with O’Rourke’s endorsement, along with endorsements from Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Pete Buttigieg, former mayor from South Bend, Ind.
With establishment Democrats consolidating behind Biden, the far-left Sanders wing once again appears headed for a major disappointment.
Biden threw off all pretenses about what he plans to do on guns when he said O’Rourke—who infamously blurted last summer during a candidates’ debate in Houston, “Hell, yes, we’re going to take your AR-15, your AK-47” in a revealing moment—would be his point man on the “gun problem.” That point has not been lost on one of the nation’s biggest grassroots gun rights groups, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb observed, “Biden’s mask is completely off. He’s not just a doddering Democrat pushing to become president, he’s an extremist anti-gunner who just promised to put a gun prohibition fanatic in charge of his administration’s gun policy. That’s not just a difference in philosophy, it’s a declaration of war.”
This underscores the importance of voter registration and actual voting by gun owners in November, according to activists.
Gun owners remain mindful of what has occurred in Virginia, where the Bloomberg-backed Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund spent $2.5 million to help Democrats take control of the General Assembly and quickly launch a gun control legislative effort. That happened because too many gun owners apparently sat out the election, in which only 40 percent of voters participated last November.
With Bloomberg now backing the gaffe-prone Biden, who has embraced O’Rourke after the former congressman endorsed him—which some believe amounts to “quid-pro-quo”—there can be no more lethargy among gun owners when it comes to voting.
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