Bloomberg debate joke about 'Naked Cowboy' prompts Twitter trend
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A joke former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE made during the latest Democratic debate about the Naked Cowboy, one of the most famous street performers to rise out of Times Square, prompted the singer’s name to surge to the top of Twitter trends Tuesday night.

The moment came shortly after Bloomberg was pressed at the debate by moderator Gayle KingGayle KingCBS's Gayle King to host live call-in radio show on coronavirus The Hill's 12:30 Report: Democrats delay convention over coronavirus Fauci dismisses death threats: 'It's my job' MORE about policies he pushed for as mayor of New York City that were aimed at tackling obesity in the city.

“Mayor Bloomberg, as mayor of New York, you declared war on obesity. You banned trans fats from restaurants and tried to do the same with large sugary drinks. So, if you become president, will you push those policies on the national levels as well?” she asked. 


“Well,” Bloomberg began, “I think what’s right for New York City isn’t necessarily right for all the other cities.”

“Otherwise, you’d have a Naked Cowboy in every city,” he added to some laughs from the audience in Charleston, S.C.

The joke instantly prompted “Naked Cowboy” to go viral on Twitter.

The Naked Cowboy, whose real name is Robert John Burck, is widely known for dancing and singing in a pair of white briefs and cowboy boots in Times Square, an act he has performed for decades. 

He also drew headlines in 2016 when he endorsed then-GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpDonald Trump and Joe Biden create different narratives for the election The hollowing out of the CDC Poll: Biden widens lead over Trump to 10 points MORE for president.