Michael Bloomberg has no regrets about not throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential campaign.
“I couldn’t have won,” he conceded between bites at the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award Dinner where he was honored alongside actress Liv Ullmann.
“I was going to run as an Independent and you can’t win as an Independent,” he explained before noting that as a pro-choice, pro-gay rights, pro-gun control candidate, “I would never get through a Republican primary and it would be very hard in a Democratic primary.”
The ex-Mayor is clearly no fan of the New Yorker who did become President. Nor does he agree with U.S. policy decisions regarding bloodshed in Syria.
“I think America should have put some boots on the ground and done something in Syria,” he said. “500,000 people were killed there. We did nothing.”
For Bloomberg, the carnage there rings familiar.
“I criticized Europeans for not doing anything about the Jews in the 30s,” he continued, “And we just did the same thing. I think some of the (Trump) policies I’ve heard espoused are really so inappropriate, it’s hard to describe.”
That said, the $ 46.7 money man says he’s not shocked by anything The Donald says, does or tweets.
“I’m 75 years old and I think I have enough experience not to be surprised — sadly,” he confessed.
Bloomberg later noted in a speech to an audience that included Lester Holt, Henry Kissinger, Tom Brokaw and director Danny Boyle that “New Yorkers have benefited from refugees more than any other place in America, maybe even the world.”
Co-honoree Liv Ullmann noted that her grandfather was sent to Dachau concentration camp where he died because he helped Jewish people from his town in Norway escape during the Nazi occupation.
Also at the event was Meryl Streep. Reporters were buzzing to ask her about her “Kramer vs. Kramer” co-star Dustin Hoffman, who’d been in hot water all week over sexual harassment claims from former colleagues.
With Nicki Gostin