'I think Mike Bloomberg is best-suited to take on Donald J. Trump.' Former ABC News anchor Sam Donaldson explains his decision to support Bloomberg in 2020, saying of President Trump, 'We are in the grip, Anderson, of a sick, ignorant man.'
The longtime journalist writes that the former NY City mayor can take on Trump--will bring Americans together, owe no favors to anyone, restore citizens' faith in a government that takes on climate change, health care costs and more--and help the country regain its standing in the world.Sam Donaldson is the former co-anchor of the ABC News program,"This Week with Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts." He served as ABC News' Watergate correspondent and chief White House correspondent. Donaldson has been recognized with four Emmy Awards, two Peabody Awards, and the Edward R. Murrow Award. The opinions expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion at CNN. (CNN)For 52 years, I was a reporter in Washington, covering every president from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. I did my best to report on both Democratic and Republican administrations honestly and fairly. I moved to DC two weeks after JFK was inaugurated — and from my earliest days on the job vowed to be completely independent from the political process to preserve my integrity as a journalist. I didn't attend fundraisers or donate to candidates. I didn't even register with a political party. When I retired seven years ago, I fully expected to remain a political observer. But there is too much at stake in the next election to remain silent. So, I am speaking out now in support of the candidate I believe is most qualified to be president and most able to defeat Donald Trump. That candidate is Mike Bloomberg.I remember a time when leaders of both parties worked across the aisle to pass legislation that helped move us toward a more perfect union. In 1964, I covered the Senate's great debate over the Civil Rights Act, which, in the end, banned discrimination in public accommodations and other aspects of public life. Senate Republican leader Everett Dirksen rallied fellow Republicans to break the filibuster and deliver President Johnson, a Democrat, one of the most significant legislative achievements of the last century. When Johnson signed the bill, he gave the first signing pen to Dirksen. His daughter Luci Baines Johnson recalled that she later upbraided him, saying"Daddy ... why didn't you give that first pen, that most important pen, to, to, one of those greater civil rights heroes?" Read MoreTo which Johnson replied,"it was Everett Dirksen, making the courageous stand that he did ... [that] made the civil rights leaders' dream, and my dream, come true." When was the last time leaders could work together on important issues, putting progress over partisanship?Bloomberg could be the Democrats' backstopMike Bloomberg is the president we need to bring people together and unite our country. As a self-made man, an entrepreneur and three-term mayor of the biggest city in America, Bloomberg has proved himself to be an effective leader and problem solver. After the September 11 attacks, he helped New York City recover from the darkest days in its history. He worked with Democrats and Republicans in New York and Washington to secure funding for the city's recovery efforts. And he didn't just preside over the rebuilding of Lower Manhattan. He created affordable housing, improved education and reduced crime throughout the city. Perhaps what struck me most about Bloomberg was when he talked about the biggest accomplishment of his first 100 days in office as mayor. He did not start bragging about the initiatives he was undertaking. Instead, he touted the team of capable people he was able to build. He talked about laying"the basis, the framework," and building the infrastructure, getting"the tools in place" for them to do their work. He understood that a leader who first finds bright, talented people to help solve big problems is on the road toward accomplishing great things.By building and empowering a strong team in the White House, Bloomberg intends to fight climate change, make sure all families have access to high-quality and affordable health care, create opportunities for every American to achieve the"American dream" and return our country to a respected leadership role in the world.But first he must beat Donald Trump. That is an imperative for all of us, if we are to remain a nation of laws, rooted in the Constitution, dedicated to freedom and shared community that has made America the envy of the world.Get our free weekly newsletterSign up for CNN Opinion's new newsletter. Join us on Twitter and Facebook Mike Bloomberg is the best candidate to defeat President Trump in November. His character and resolve drove him to build a business from scratch into a multibillion-dollar company and weather the political crossfires as New York's mayor for 12 years.Bullies cannot bully Bloomberg. He won't be cowed by a few tweets from Trump.Further, Bloomberg's ability to finance his own campaign means he can compete aggressively against Trump's massive political machine, which has been stockpiling money and organizing supporters since Trump's first day in office. Bloomberg is already going toe-to-toe with Trump over the airwaves, through social media, and on the ground. He is building the strongest campaign in the country, with 2,000 field staff spread across 43 states, including every Super Tuesday state. When he wins, he will owe no favors to anyone, nor will he be beholden to any special interest. He will make sure our government regains the trust of the American people, restores our standing in the world, and helps all Americans lead better and happier lives.After a lifetime of reporting the news, now is the time for me to stand up as a private citizen and do everything in my power to help defeat Donald Trump and elect Mike Bloomberg the next President of the United States. Read more: CNN
Agree with Donaldson Bs bs bs Trump will win in 2020, sorry CNN If we only care about beating Trump & not what the new president would actually do while in office, why not just keep Trump? We don’t know what he’s going to do daily so... Bloomberg doesn't have a chance against trump stopandfrisk Without the black vote Dems won’t win. Bloomberg ain’t getting it. But go on and take their representation for granted.
Luckily, normal Americans disagree with the “newsman”. Bloomberg while talented will have to flip flop often from decisions he made while being mayor of nyc to gain a wider reach. He may flip flop one too many times leaving similar to JohnKerry FakeNewsCNN
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Trump 2020 🇺🇸🇺🇸 Finally a thoughtful and educated response with actual data to back-up the ongoing challenges to his history Bloomberg2020 MikeBloomberg Wait. Wait. I thought it was Avenatti? FakeNewsCNN Goodness gracious me - has CNN been doing some grave-digging now! But still the same old bullshit! The hair doesn't look genuine either!
Delusional democraps 🤦♂️ He could've just saved all the pretentious posturing & told the truth. It's the same reason everyone that endorses MikeBloomberg endorse him. He's a billionaire & they either want his $ or want him 2 help them keep theirs. He will leave no trace of the middle class. The big point is Trumps bragging about himself is dwarfed by a guy who is personally respected, worth at least 20-30 times more, who didnt inherit it and didnt screw people over thru bankruptcies and sleaze. And Trump knows it.
Hey you crazy folks at CNN, do not insult the millions of Americans who think the world of Trump. Tell Sam D. Minorities will NOT vote for MB. Also if you enjoyed the midterm blue wave, feel free to thank MikeBloomberg Who cares
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MSM, put Bloomberg up there, Trump wins 🤣 😂 ewarren is the best candidate I see. Sam supports a man who has paid 64 women to be quiet about sexual harassment . Sam you are a hypocrite Lmmfao 40 lawsuits by 64 women. Hard pass on Bloomberg. Bloomberg is a racist man who protects the interests of the billionaires' club. Do not embrace him or vote for him. The packaging is different but the contents are the same.
LoL sam’s DumbAssedness is on Full Display. He’s obviously a Hater of America and Her People. Hilariously Pathetic. MAGA Mike ‘ China’ Bloomberg the questions no one is asking; how many Chinese spies does Bloomberg knowingly employe in the USA?
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Please run Bloomberg, please. ! What’s on his head? Sam & the others tell it like it is 😊 Sam’s hair is legendary tonight 'He's sick, ignorant, mean and corrupt.' I will take a sick ignorant man any day over a do-nothing corrupt Democrat like this one! Yeah. It’s disgusting how people are considering Bloomberg. Ugh!
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Q. Why endorse Bloomberg now? A. Because MikeBloomberg paid me to. BloombergIsTrump BloombergIsARepublican Decisions, decisions. A white socialist or a white billionaire. And in the end the lefts championing of diversity will all be abandoned. Just like the pandering to the black community. All talk.
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