Bloomberg on the other 2020 hopefuls: 'Trump would eat them up'

Bloomberg on the other 2020 hopefuls: 'Trump would eat them up'
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Democratic presidential contender Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE said in an interview that aired Friday that he believed President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN's Anderson Cooper: Trump's Bubba Wallace tweet was 'racist, just plain and simple' Beats by Dre announces deal with Bubba Wallace, defends him after Trump remarks Overnight Defense: DOD reportedly eyeing Confederate flag ban | House military spending bill blocks wall funding MORE would trounce any of the other Democratic presidential hopefuls in a head-to-head match-up, saying Trump would "eat them up." 

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"I looked at our national government getting worse. The way we were behaving overseas and domestically, led by our president. I said back in 2016 he is the wrong person for the job. He doesn't have the temperament, the ethics, or the intellect to do the job," Bloomberg told Gayle KingGayle KingMinneapolis police union says members have been 'scapegoated by political leaders' Fox News, CBS morning show hosts return to broadcast studios CBS's Gayle King to host live call-in radio show on coronavirus MORE on "CBS This Morning." "I watched and I said, 'we just can't have another four years of this.'" 

"Then I watched all of the candidates, and I just thought to myself, 'Donald Trump would eat them up,'" he continued.  

 

Bloomberg later hedged on the statement, saying that he believed he was the best candidate to take on Trump in a general election.

"Let me rephrase it. I think that I would do the best job of competing with him and beating him," he said.  

Bloomberg announced his presidential bid last month with the strategy of ignoring the early primary states and focusing on the Super Tuesday states. 

The former New York City mayor's entrance into the race has drawn scrutiny from his opponents, in large part due to his status as a billionaire. 

Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (D-N.J.) expressed anger this week following Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala Devi HarrisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump wants schools to reopen, challenged on 'harmless' COVID-19 remark Judd Gregg: The coming Biden coup Susan Rice sees stock rise in Biden VP race MORE's (D-Calif.) exit from the race earlier in the week, noting "there’s more billionaires in the 2020 race than there are black people." 

"Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times," Bloomberg said. "He's very well-spoken. He's got some good ideas. It would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing, and narrowing down this field."