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Independent Bloomberg to Endorse Democrat Clinton at DNC

Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump



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    Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Sierra Club April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.

    Michael Bloomberg is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton during his speech at the Democratic National Convention, an adviser for the former New York City mayor told NBC News.

    Bloomberg is making the endorsement because of concerns about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. He also sees himself as a person with authority who can debunk Trump's claims about business and the economy, the former aide said.

    Bloomberg has not been a member of the Democratic Party since 2000, according to The New York Times. He was elected the mayor of New York City as a Republican and later became an independent.

    Bloomberg announced in March he wouldn't be running for president, saying: "When I look at the data, it's clear to me that if I entered the race, I could not win. I believe I could win a number of diverse states — but not enough to win the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to win the presidency.”

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    Speaking at a rally in Ohio on Oct. 20, 2016, Donald Trump said that he would accept the presidential election results if they were in his favor. "I would like to promise and pledge to all of my voters and supporters and to all the people of the United Staes that I will totally accept the results of this great and historic presidential election -- if I win,” Donald Trump said, emphasizing the last three words by pointing into the crowd. The rally was held the day following the final debate, during which the issue of whether he would accept the election results came up. At the debate, he said he would have to wait and see what the results were. (Published Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016)

    He also said at the time Trump "has run the most divisive and demagogic presidential campaign I can remember, preying on people's prejudices and fears," citing Trump's proposal to ban most Muslims from entering the United States and deporting those here illegally.

    In May, Bloomberg told CNBC, "Trump marches to his own drummer it would seem, and so far, that drummer has been playing the right tune to get him this far."