Former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg decides against presidential run

More than a dozen Democrats have already announced they’re running for president of the United States and with several more possible candidacies looming.

One of the the few who will not be seeking the Democratic nomination for President of the United States is former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Instead, in a column posted Tuesday afternoon, Bloomberg says he had decided against a run.

In his post, Bloomberg calls Trump “a threat to our country” and a “conman” who must be defeated:

I’ve never made any secret of my belief that Donald Trump is a threat to our country. At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, I said: “New Yorkers know a con when we see one.” Last fall I spent more than $100 million supporting Democrats in the midterm elections. Republicans in Congress had failed — and are still failing — to fulfill their constitutional duty to hold the president accountable. Instead, they indulge his worst impulses and refuse to work with Democrats on the most urgent issues.

However, while Bloomberg will stay on the sideline during the primary, he does offer Democrats a piece of advice:

It’s essential that we nominate a Democrat who will be in the strongest position to defeat Donald Trump and bring our country back together. We cannot allow the primary process to drag the party to an extreme that would diminish our chances in the general election and translate into “Four More Years.”

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