2020 Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg said Monday California should serve as a model for the entire country based on its climate change, criminal justice reform, and gun control efforts.
“I think that California can serve as a great example for the rest of this country,” Bloomberg told supporters at the opening of his Angeles headquarters.
The former New City Mayor admitted the state has problems with homelessness, scarce, expensive housing and struggling public schools.
However, he added that the Golden State “is something the rest of the country looks up to,” Bloomberg said. “California has been a leader in an awful lot of things.”
Bloomberg’s comments stand in stark contrast to those of President Donald Trump, who has been battling the state’s supermajority Democrats on a number of fronts including illegal immigration, homelessness, and other issues.
The billionaire media mogul entered the 2020 Democratic race late so he is bypassing the first four caucuses and instead anchoring his campaign in California, a state he needs to win in order to remain viable.
Bloomberg also criticized President Trump’s decision to strike Iranian Al-Quds force commander Qassem Soleimani.
“This president has a habit of making decisions impulsively … and recklessly, as we’ve seen time and time again,” he said.
“During crises like this one, it is critically important to … deescalate tensions and not escalate tensions, and to not speak irresponsibly and make incendiary and bellicose threats that may provoke attacks and endanger our country,” Bloomberg — who once governed New York as a Republican — said.