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Tuesday, February 04, 2020

MSNBC Flips Out After Bernie Adviser Nina Turner Calls Bloomberg an 'Oligarch'

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Moments before the Iowa Democratic caucuses kicked off Monday night, Bernie Sanders' national campaign co-chair Nina Turner sparked fireworks on the MSNBC set when she repeatedly described billionaire Democratic presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg as an "oligarch." Criticizing the Democratic National Committee for overhauling its debate requirements in a clear move to allow Bloomberg to qualify moving forward, Turner told MSNBC host Chris Matthews that American voters are concerned about "the oligarchs" being able to buy their way into elections.

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Quote from Bill Clinton's Secretary of Labor Robert Reich:

Nina Turner calls Mike Bloomberg an "oligarch."
Is he?
He's worth $60 billion. He makes $2 billion a year off that. He's using this year's $2 billion to buy the presidency. He just bought his way onto debate stage.
Yes.

#1 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-04 12:45 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#PartyOfMartha'sVineyard

The Left loves plutocrats as long as they are shoveling money to their candidates and causes.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2020-02-04 12:53 PM | Reply

He's the DNC's "Trump": An actual (as opposed to paper) Billionaire from NYC who is not very well liked in Manhattan but is able to con people to vote for him in part because he has lots of money and says what they want to hear.

#3 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-04 01:00 PM | Reply

The left may be guilty of loving an oligarch but the right loves Fascist oligarchs. Big difference. FDR was a wealthy man, John Kennedy was a wealthy man. Your bank balance doesn't determine everything about you, your lack of a conscience does.

#4 | Posted by danni at 2020-02-04 01:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

"The left may be guilty of loving an oligarch but the right loves Fascist oligarchs. Big difference."

You didn't live in NYC through Bloomberg.

#5 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-04 01:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#5

Don't mess with my Narrative!

-Danni

#6 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-02-04 03:23 PM | Reply

FTR, all the fearful speculation about how Trump will go full fascist and cancel the election, making himself a dictator? Bloomberg is the one person who actually came closest to that goal. He convinced the NYC legislature to abolish term limits, for him alone, so he could run for a third term. It's the reason why Christine Quinn did not become Mayor after him and we got stock with DeBlasio.

#7 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2020-02-04 03:40 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The definition of "Oligarch" would be helpful. I swear to g-d, Bernie supporters are his worst enemy.

#8 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-04 03:46 PM | Reply

#8

Oligarchy ... is a form of power structure in which power rests with a small number of people. These people may be distinguished by nobility, wealth, education or corporate, religious, political, or military control. Such states are often controlled by families who typically pass their influence from one generation to the next, but inheritance is not a necessary condition for the application of this term.

Throughout history, oligarchies have often been tyrannical, relying on public obedience or oppression to exist. Aristotle pioneered the use of the term as meaning rule by the rich, for which another term commonly used today is plutocracy. In the early 20th century Robert Michels developed the theory that democracies, as all large organizations, have a tendency to turn into oligarchies. In his "Iron law of oligarchy" he suggests that the necessary division of labor in large organizations leads to the establishment of a ruling class mostly concerned with protecting their own power.

en.m.wikipedia.org

#9 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-02-04 03:52 PM | Reply

I hope you aren't thinking I was asking?

I was making the point that Turner clearly didn't know the definition, or she was being obtuse and deliberately inflammatory.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2020-02-04 04:05 PM | Reply

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