JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon seemed to think he’d have a good chance at defeating President Donald Trump in a hypothetical presidential race—but had some second thoughts about his prediction shortly after making it.
The executive made the comments on Wednesday morning, according to CNBC.
“I think I could beat Trump,” Dimon said, according to the news outlet. “Because I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is. I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn’t work with me. I’d fight right back.”
He also attacked Trump’s wealth.
🚨🚨 Oh man. JPM CEO Jamie Dimon says he could beat Trump "because I'm as tough as he is, I'm smarter than he is." He also said: "And by the way this wealthy New Yorker actually earned his money. It wasn't a gift from Daddy." Brace for Trump tweets. 🚨🚨https://t.co/0WQBUqXNEJ— Ben White (@morningmoneyben) September 12, 2018
Naturally, conservatives were furious at the assertion someone could out MAGA Trump.
Jamie Dimon the bailout banker boy? Uhuh that’ll work https://t.co/y5ZgVH3vmV— ❌RGA🇬🇧 (@MoMeetsAisha) September 12, 2018
Give it a shot. 17 other people did in 2016. How’d that work out for them? https://t.co/wXvH2p28v0— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 12, 2018
When I start with J.P. Morgan Jamie go for it after we the American people bailed you out Trump would have a field day with you— Doors 🇺🇸👍 (@mgags71) September 12, 2018
Of course, anyone on the left didn’t want a CEO of an ultra-wealthy corporation that contributed to the financial crisis to champion the resistance.
Jamie Dimon, who rigged the Libor interest rates to increase value of bonds and derivatives, warns that voters are being manipulated.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) September 12, 2018
The FUCK if I am gonna welcome Jamie Dimon the #Resistance!— Dave *So, uh, Joe Biden huh?* Bledsoe (@TheHell_Podcast) September 12, 2018
While comments like that would be par-for-the-course for anyone looking to challenge Trump during the 2020 presidential election, Dimon tried to throw cold water on the idea almost immediately.
In a statement to Bloomberg, the JPMorgan chief made it clear that you wouldn’t be seeing his name on campaign signs any time soon.
“I should not have said it. I’m not running for president,” he said in a statement to the news outlet. “Proves I wouldn’t make a good politician. I get frustrated because I want all sides to come together to help solve big problems.”
Given the president’s proclivity for calling out potential 2020 challengers online, Dimon may find himself on in the Twitter cross-hairs in the coming days despite his quick backtracking.