Hill.TV's Krystal Ball on Steyer: 'We can do better than billionaires'

Hill.TV host Krystal Ball warned Friday that voters should be wary of electing billionaires amid Tom SteyerTom SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline MORE’s recent rise in Nevada and South Carolina.

“We have had it ceaselessly drilled into us that these people are superior. These people who have stepped on everyone and destroyed everything they needed to claw their way to the top of the inequality leader or even the ones who just landed there through no effort of their own, thanks to mommy and daddy,” Ball said.

“We are conditioned to look at them as leaders, as worthy of our respect, but please don’t be moved by the barrage of ads and seduction of class hierarchy,” she added. “We can do better than billionaires.”

Steyer appears to have qualified for Tuesday’s Democratic presidential debate in Iowa after surging in two Fox News polls.

The billionaire jumped to second place with 15 percent support in South Carolina, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. Biden maintained his long-time lead in the state at 36 percent followed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOn The Money — Powell pivots as inflation rises Pence-linked group launches 0K ad campaign in West Virginia praising Manchin Senators huddle on path forward for SALT deduction in spending bill MORE (I-Vt.) at 14 percent and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenSenate GOP blocks defense bill, throwing it into limbo Restless progressives eye 2024 Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run MORE (D-Mass.) at 10 percent.

A separate Fox News poll of Nevada, meanwhile, found the billionaire in a tie with Warren for third place at 12 percent support. The former vice president led with 23 percent, followed by Sanders at 17 percent.

Steyer’s late debate qualification marked a turn of events for the billionaire, who had invested millions of dollars of his own money into his campaign with little return in success until now. 

According to the latest data from Advertising Analytics, Steyer has spent $67 million on the airways so far. This amount spent is more than the rest of the Democratic field has shelled out on advertising combined, with the exception of former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergThe economic challenges facing Jerome Powell and Joe Biden Poll: Harris, Michelle Obama lead for 2024 if Biden doesn't run Democrats are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster in 2022 MORE, who has spent more than $140 million of his own money on campaign ads.