- The President wins, obviously. It does not demonstrate good judgment to challenge a master at his own game, on his home turf.
The ethics values at issue: hubris, competence.
- It’s good to see that Mike Bloomberg is determined to elevate the level of campaign discourse, isn’t it?
Of course, Trump’s trademarked person insults about adversaries’ appearance are unpresidential and infantile, but they are his unapologetic style. Did Bloomberg not watch the 2016 GOP debates, when Marco Rubio lowered himself to Trump’s level with return personal insults only to see his support erode as a result? Did Bloomberg’s advisors?
Running against a President on the basis that he is a boor and an asshole and behaving like a boor and an asshole to do it is both hypocritical and stupid. Moreover, Rubio’s blunder is a matter of record. Bloomberg isn’t doing his homework.
Ethics values: Honesty, integrity, competence, diligence.
- Trump deserves some kind of prize for doing what he does, however juvenile, so well, at least in this case. He also has given us yet another useful test for Trump Derangement. The exchange is funny, and the President’s topper is unequivocally a Don Rickles-level touché , a perfect heckler squelch.
Anyone who can’t appreciate it has at least a Level 4 case of TDS, and maybe a 5.
- On a more sober note, the exchange shows how thoroughly the President and his critics have reduced political disputes to the lowest common denominator.
Another Bloomberg billboard says that “Trump eats burnt steak. Mike Bloomberg likes his medium rare.” How much better is this than schoolyard taunts like “Your mother wears army boots,” to name one Joe Biden would remember? How do such insults do anything but degrade the office Bloomberg is seeking, as well as the judgment of voters?
Is there anyone who would make a decision about who should be President according to how the candidates like their steaks cooked?
- Talk about a fool and his money being soon parted! Much has been made about all the money Bloomberg is prepared to spend to win the White House, but this episode shows that in campaign spending, it’s quality that matters, not quantity.
The valid point is being made elsewhere on the web that Bloomberg’s choice of insults is redolent of tin-eared billionaire cluelessness. Golf? Steak? One wag wrote, “I’m surprised the billboard doesn’t read, ‘Mike Bloomberg likes his steak pan-seared to an interior temperature of 146.5 degrees in a roux of 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves, 3 cloves garlic, minced, the zest of a lemon, a teaspoon each, chopped, of thyme, basil, and rosemary, plus a half teaspoon of kosher salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper.'”