He must have been given an offer he couldn’t refuse.
Via The Guardian:
A document obtained by the New York Times illustrates the data that helped contribute to former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision not to mount a self-funded independent campaign for the White House, painting a picture of an inhospitable electoral college landscape for Bloomberg […]
Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, writing in an editorial in which he declares that he will not mount a third-party run for the White House, has singled out the Republican field of presidential candidates as unsuitable for the Oval Office.
“As the race stands now, with Republicans in charge of both houses [of Congress], there is a good chance that my candidacy could lead to the election of Donald Trump or senator Ted Cruz,” Bloomberg writes. “That is not a risk I can take in good conscience.”
After admitting that he has “known Mr. Trump casually for many years,” Bloomberg writes that he fellow New York billionaire “has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears” and appealing “to our worst impulses.”
Citing Trump’s proposed ban on allowing foreign Muslims to enter the United States, his signature issue of deporting more than 11 million undocumented immigrants and his waffling on disavowing the endorsement of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Bloomberg declares in the editorial that “these moves would divide us at home and compromise our moral leadership around the world. The end result would be to embolden our enemies, threaten the security of our allies, and put our own men and women in uniform at greater risk.”
Cruz, too, is an unacceptable choice for Republicans, Bloomberg writes.
“His refusal to oppose banning foreigners based on their religion may be less bombastic than Trump’s position, but it is no less divisive.”