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When former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (rebranded recently as “Mike Bloomberg”) launched his candidacy, lots of people wondered: Who was this for? In an age of populism and anti-elite sentiment, could a billionaire technocrat develop a fan base?
The answer is definitely. People are enthusiastic for Bloomberg, people are hype for Mike.
What, you thought Mayor Pete Buttigieg was the only person to cause fans to break out the dance moves?
Set to the tune of “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5, a new video is picking up steam after it was posted by a communications intern working for Bloomberg.
People are going to tell you that it’s fake. That Nick Ciarella, the person who posted it, doesn’t really work for Bloomberg, that he’s part of a sketch comedy troupe, that tweets show this is a fun sketch done by a comedy troupe, that Ciarella himself has tweeted about being part of a sketch comedy troupe.
Super pissed off that I have to do this show. not looking forward to it. https://t.co/MeKmgVMfdm— Nick Ciarelli (@nickciarelli) December 9, 2019
Even the Bloomberg campaign has gone so far as to call it not real, distancing itself from the clip on Friday morning.
Don’t believe them. Don’t believe the haters. Don’t believe the fact-checkers.
Know in your heart that Michael “Mike Bloomberg” Bloomberg’s rise in the polls has come from this kind of groundswell of support from fanatics thirsty for wealthy centrists to rebalance the scales to neoliberalism, and not a one-week, $100 million ad buy that plastered his face on every television screen in America.
Moves like Bloomberg? More like moves like the future president.
David Covucci is the Layer 8 editor at the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the web. His work has appeared in Vice, the Huffington Post, Jezebel, Gothamist, and other publications. He is particularly interested in hearing any tips you have. Reach out at [email protected]