Mike Bloomberg’s campaign staff say Bernie Sanders’ “anti-capitalist” rhetoric may have inspired an attack on their Knoxville field office as the feud continues to escalate between the two Democratic participants.
The headquarters of Bloomberg in Tennessee were hit Thursday with graffiti, with vandalism spray paint ‘F ** k Bloomberg’, ‘oligarch’ and ‘classicistic authoritarian’ opposite the building.
Despite the fact that there was no evidence for the identity of the perpetrators, Bloomberg’s campaign leader, Kevin Sheekey, was quick to point a finger in a statement on Friday.
“We don’t know who is responsible for this vandalism, but we do know it reflects the language of the Sanders campaign and its supporters,” Sheekey said.
He added: “We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to put an end to the Trump-like rhetoric that clearly encourages his supporters to conduct that has no place in our politics.”
A Sanders spokesperson did not respond publicly.
Bloomberg field offices have also focused on Youngstown, Ohio and Flint, Michigan in recent days.
In Youngstown, posters were placed outside the building with the text ‘STOP EN FRISK’ and ‘EAT THE RICH’.
Billionaire Bloomberg and Democratic Socialist Sanders – representing opposite wings of the Democratic Party – have been locked up in an ugly feud that has deteriorated since they insulted each other during the Democratic Debate on Wednesday night.
Mike Bloomberg’s campaign staff say Bernie Sanders’ anti-capitalist rhetoric may have inspired an attack on their Knoxville field office because the feud between the two Democratic contenders continues to escalate
Bloomberg’s headquarters in Tennessee were struck Thursday night with graffiti, with vandal spray paint ‘F ** k Bloomberg’, ‘oligarch’ and ‘classist authoritarian’ in the building
The vandals responsible for Thursday’s attack on the Bloomberg field office have not been caught yet
Bloomberg was furious with Wednesday night’s debate, attacked by his rivals over his previous remarks about women and the controversial stop-and-fouk policy he defended while being Mayor of New York.
On Friday, Sanders sat down with Anderson Cooper for a 60-minute interview, saying that Bloomberg’s debate performance was not good enough.
“If that’s what happened in the Democratic debate, you know, I think it’s very likely that Trump will eat him and spit him out,” he said in a preview of the interview that was broadcast on Sunday.
Graffiti seen outside the Bloomberg field office in Flint, Michigan
Posters displayed outside the Bloomberg field office in Youngstown, Ohio
In the interview, Sanders will also criticize the amount of money that Bloomberg has used during his campaign.
FEC reports indicate that the billionaire spent an average of $ 7 million a day in January – almost three times the total assets of Sanders, which has an estimated total of $ 2.5 million in assets.
“I’m worried about an unprecedented amount of money being spent on a campaign,” Sanders said in the 60-minute preview.
“We’ve never seen anything like this in American history, and I just think the American people will revolt against this kind of oligarchic movement.”
“We are a democracy – one person, one vote – not a $ 60 billion man who buys an election,” he said.
Sanders is a fierce critic of billionaire Bloomberg
In the meantime, during the Democratic debate on Wednesday evening, the couple struggled about whether billionaires deserve to exist.
Bloomberg, which is worth around $ 63 billion, said he worked “very hard” for his money.
Sanders had suggested that Bloomberg’s wealth was a policy failure, with rich donors encouraging lawmakers to allow the tax code to turn to billionaires while other Americans live on the streets.
“I can’t speak for all the billionaires, I just know I’ve been very lucky, made a lot of money, and give everything away to improve this country,” Bloomberg said. “A large part of it goes to the Democratic Party,” he added.
Bloomberg rebuked Sanders for his anti-wealth talk.
“We are not going to throw away capitalism. We tried that. Other countries tried that, it was called “communism,” and it just doesn’t work, “Bloomberg argued.
Sanders raged back that he was not a “communist” and called the comment a “cheap shot.”
It became even more intense when Bloomberg pointed to the Vermont senator’s own wealth and possessions.
“What a beautiful country we have. The most famous socialist in the country is a millionaire with three houses, “Bloomberg said.
The former mayor replied: “New York City, thank you very much.”
Bloomberg spent an average of $ 7 million a day on his January campaign – almost three times the total assets of Sanders, which has an estimated total assets of $ 2.5 million