Pence takes swipe at Bloomberg during Lansing event

    Vice President Mike Pence speaks at a Michigan Farm Bureau event in Lansing, Feb. 25, 2020 | Michigan Farm Bureau photo
    Updated, 6:15 p.m. 2/25/20, with comments from the Bloomberg campaign and full video

    Vice President Mike Pence took another campaign swing through Michigan on Tuesday, making stops in Lansing and Troy. He singled out one Democratic presidential candidate, billionaire Mike Bloomberg.

    Various news outlets, including Newsweek, have reported Bloomberg said that he “could teach anyone to be a farmer.” This came after a viral video from 2016 resurfaced during the campaign of Bloomberg saying that farming required less “gray matter” than modern work.

    Pence brought up Bloomberg’s remarks Tuesday while speaking to the Michigan Farm Bureau in Lansing. He also appeared with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue. Pence said that he’s never “heard a more uninformed, ignorant statement about agriculture in my life.”

    Bloomberg’s campaign also ran with the opportunity to slam President Trump just in time for Pence’s visit to Michigan, a heavily contested state in the 2020 election.

    “Donald Trump inherited his wealth yet bankrupted businesses in cities around the world. As President, he’s hurting American farms, and he knows that Mike Bloomberg has the skills to fix the problem,” the campaign said.*

    According to a news release from the Bloomberg campaign, digital billboards in Lansing and Troy are now highlighting the Trump administration’s broken promises and failed policies to Michiganders. A graphic included in the release reads: “Donald Trump only cares about farmers when he needs their vote. Mike Bloomberg will always support America’s agriculture.”

    Madeline Ciak
    Madeline Ciak is a former Michigan Advance reporter. She’s a University of Michigan-Flint graduate and previously worked as a digital media manager at NBC25/FOX66 in Flint and a weekend producer at ABC12.