NEW YORK — Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Monday he will not run for president this year.
In the op-ed titled “The Risk I Will Not Take” in Bloomberg View, Bloomberg explains that he doesn’t want his candidacy to risk the election of Donald Trump.
“I love our country too much to play a role in electing a candidate who would weaken our unity and darken our future,” said Bloomberg.
Over the last few months, Bloomberg says many Americans have urged him to run as an independent. He says when he looks at the data, it is clear to him that he would not win.
“In a three-way race, it’s unlikely that any candidate would win a majority of electoral votes, and then the power to choose the president would be taken out of the hands of the American people and thrown to congress,” Bloomberg wrote.
The former mayor says that with Republicans in charge of both houses, it’s likely that his candidacy could lead to Trump or Senator Ted Cruz being elected.
Bloomberg blasted Trump saying he’s run the most “divisive and demagogic presidential campaign that I can remember, preying on people’s prejudices and fears.”
He says while Senator Cruz’s pandering on immigration isn’t as excessive as Trump’s, it’s still extreme.
“His refusal to oppose banning foreigners based on their religion may be less bombastic than Trump’s position, but it is no less divisive,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg says he is not ready to endorse any candidate just yet.
“I will continue urging voters to reject divisive appeals and demanding that candidates offer intelligent, specific and realistic ideas for bridging divides, solving problems, and giving us the honest and capable government we deserve,” said Bloomberg.