"Okay, I'm the only one on this stage who's started a business, is that fair?" Bloomberg asked at the Las Vegas presidential debate Wednesday night.
At the time, there was silence from his competitors. To most viewers it was an awkward silence. But to Bloomberg's campaign, it was a winning moment for the former New York City mayor. In a new, obviously edited clip from the debate, Bloomberg is portrayed as a leader, while his competitors are depicted as deer in the headlights.
Anyone? pic.twitter.com/xqhq5qFYVk— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 20, 2020
Trying to spin his performance last night into a win will take some creative contortion. Reality, we all know, was much different. Some have called his performance the worst in debate history. He was disengaged for most of the evening, making it seem like he'd rather be anywhere else in the world. The rest of the field pounced on him with several different lines of attack. He was unprepared for all them. Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT) hit him for using his billions of dollars to buy his way into the election.
And then there was this bone saw moment from Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), which needs no introduction.
The billionaire businessman isn't making life any easier for himself. He was roasted on Twitter for sharing the doctored debate clip.
Great job editing. Just like you, a total farce. You bombed big time last night and it was glorious.— LuAnn ?? (@LCumbest) February 20, 2020
great line, Mike! Did you release all those women from the NDAs yet?— Chris Martin (@chrisjdmartin) February 20, 2020
Here's what actually happened.
Here, I made the clip of what actually happened when Bloomberg asked who else had started a business. It was not 20 seconds of dumbfounded silence. pic.twitter.com/cpUAH5mkNJ— Dominic Holden (@dominicholden) February 20, 2020