Donald Trump Jr. taunted billionaire Michael Bloomberg after his video announcing his candidacy for president flopped on Twitter.
‘I guess you can buy followers, but not Retweets or personality? Who wants to bet this gets more RTs than Bloomberg’s announcement?’ the president’s eldest son posted to Twitter Monday morning.
Bloomberg, who is worth $52 billion, officially entered the 2020 Democratic primary race to take on Donald Trump, bringing the field back up to 19 candidates.
‘I’m running for president to defeat Donald Trump and rebuild America,’ the billionaire media mogul tweeted Sunday along with his minute-long announcement video. ‘I believe my unique set of experiences in business, government, and philanthropy will enable me to win and lead.’
As of the time of publication of this article, Bloomberg’s announcement tweet received under 18,000 likes, 4,700 retweets and more than 10,000 comments, most of them disparaging toward the newcomer candidate.
Donald Trump Jr. pointed out Michael Bloomberg’s announcement of candidacy massively flopped on Twitter. He mocked the billionaire for being able to ‘buy followers, but not retweets or personality’
Bloomberg’s announcement tweet earned only 4,700 retweets, but got more than 10,000 comments – many of them negative. This is a poor engagement overall from a Twitter user with 2.3 million followers
Bloomberg announced Sunday he is joining the Democratic primary, brining the field back up to 19 candidates. His follow-up tweets to his announcement received around 40-250 retweets
‘Yeah, we already went down this road. It didn’t work out well. Use your money to increase voter registration and turn out,’ one Twitter user commented on Bloomberg’s post.
A second user wrote: ‘Another mediocre white man mistaking his great success at accumulating wealth as an indication of his competence at anything else. I’d rather hire my CPA to perform my root canal.’
When a tweet receives far more comments than retweets or likes, it’s labeled as ‘ratioed’ – usually meaning more Twitter users disapproved of the post than liked it.
The 77-year-old former mayor of New York City sent his tweet around 10:00 a.m. Sunday morning, and Don Jr.’s tweet went up a little after 8:30 a.m. Monday morning. The Executive Vice President of the Trump Organization amassed under 7,000 likes with a goal of earning more retweets than Bloomberg’s tweet.
After only two hours, Trump reached that goal.
Bloomberg’s follow-up tweets after his campaign video also massively flopped.
‘We cannot afford four more years of President Trump’s reckless and unethical actions. The stakes could not be higher. We must win this election. And we must begin rebuilding America,’ Bloomberg tweeted with a link to his campaign website.
The tweet only earned 1,000 retweets and 5,400 likes.
When touting the accomplishments he reached as mayor of New York City, he received even less engagement.
‘In NYC, we: – gave teachers the largest raise in America – improved graduation rates by 42% – banned smoking in bars & restaurants – cut teen smoking by 50% – cut our carbon footprint by 14% – cut murders in half – cut incarceration by 40% – created new programs to fight poverty,’ he listed.
That tweet only got 109 retweets and 567 likes, which Don Jr. pointed out in his Twitter post mocking the billionaire.
Bloomberg has 2.3 million followers, further exhibiting what a poor reaction he received to his announcement on Twitter.
Don Jr. bet his tweet mocking the newcomer candidate would receive more retweets than Bloomberg’s announcement. After Trump’s tweet was up for only two hours, he alreat reached that goal, earning 5,300 retweets to Bloomberg’s 4,700
Several of his other tweets sent as a followup to his announcement received between 40-230 retweets.
When the Democratic primary filed was finally beginning to thin from a high of two dozen candidates to 17, Bloomberg and former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick entered the race, bringing the total back up to 19.
Bloomberg launched a $34 million TV ad in several markets across the country Sunday, claiming he will seek to ‘restore faith in the dream that defines us where the wealthy will pay more in taxes and the middle class get their fair share.’
The ad will run on TV through at least December 3, and previous reports indicated that the billionaire was spending the money on anti-Trump ads to run in 48 states.
As a latecomer to the Democratic primary, Bloomberg plans to largely ignore the first four primary states, which the other candidates are throwing a majority of their money into campaigning in.
Instead he will focus all of his efforts on Super Tuesday on March 3, when 15 states hold simultaneous primaries – and Bloomberg’s deep pockets will allow him to run a campaign in all 15 states, which would bankrupt other candidates.
Bloomberg has received criticism from Democrats, both in the running and out, for his his wealth, which arguably puts his campaign at an advantage over others who have been in longer but don’t have the same cash-on-hand.
‘I’m disgusted by the idea that Michael Bloomberg or any other billionaire thinks they can circumvent the political process and spend tens of millions of dollars to buy our elections,’ Senator Bernie Sanders, a top contender for the nomination, said in a statement on Friday.
‘If you can’t build grassroots support for your candidacy, you have no business running for president,’ Sanders, who doesn’t accept big-money donors, continued.
The same type of criticism was also showered on billionaire Tom Steyer when he entered the race – with claims that he was trying to buy the Democratic nomination.