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Bloomberg's Embarrassing Attempt at Relating to Voters

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New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg is spending millions in an effort to trick people into thinking he's relatable. The media mogul goes by "Mike" out on the campaign trail, and Mike is working hard to convince everyday Americans just like you that his problems are no different than the rest. 

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At a campaign event in North Carolina on Friday, the billionaire revealed one such problem the candidate has previously struggled with, and it is one that surely everyone in the audience could relate to somehow. It was the problem Bloomberg had with a housekeeper purposefully throwing rounds of Scrabble in order to let Bloomberg's mother win the game. Bloomberg recalled the conversation he had with his mother about the incident.

"Every day I'd say, 'what did you do.' And she'd say 'well, I played Scrabble today.' And I said, 'who'd you play with.' 'The housekeeper.' 'And did you win.' 'Yes, of course.' And I said, 'mother, the housekeeper works for us. They're throwing the game to you.' 'That's an outrage,' and she finished by saying, 'if you learn to play Scrabble you'd learn how to spell.' I said, 'mother, at my age I'm never going to learn how to spell.'" 

Maybe Bloomberg is trying to relate to ordinary people by claiming that he doesn't know how to spell. That would seem consistent with the contempt Bloomberg clearly has for everyday Americans. The elitist candidate probably thinks, "Americans are stupid, so I'll relate to them by pretending to be stupid too." And what better way to relate to everyday Americans than by telling a story that involves one of his housekeepers? 

The problem with out-of-touch billionaires like Bloomberg is they don't know anything about everyday Americans, so they always come across as inauthentic whenever they try to fit in. 

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Bloomberg was in North Carolina because the candidate is ignoring states whose primaries take place before Super Tuesday, when 14 states head to the polls to pick a Democratic nominee for president on March 3. By focusing his time and money, Bloomberg is hoping a show of force on Super Tuesday will position him as the party's centrist frontrunner, all the more likely to happen after Joe Biden's dismal performances in Iowa and New Hampshire. 

But by throwing millions around, Bloomberg has been called out by critics for attempting to simply purchase the Democratic presidential nomination. Like the housekeeper in Bloomberg's story, the DNC recently thew its requirements for their upcoming debates out the window in order to help get Bloomberg on to the stage. This from the party that's always warning us about the influence of money in politics. 

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