Billionaire Tom Steyer, founder of Need to Impeach, let the media know he’d be making an announcement Wednesday in Des Moines, Iowa, concerning his political plans for 2019 and beyond.
It sure sounded like he was going to announce his intention to run for president in 2020, but Steyer surprised reporters by saying that he’d decided not to run.
NEW: Steyer will NOT run against Trump
He chose a campaign manager, conducted polling & hired Deval’s top adviser … before telling aides this week he wouldn’t run
Instead: pumping $40 million more into impeachment crusade this yearhttps://t.co/HKuuuFsBZj
— Alex Burns (@alexburnsNYT) January 9, 2019
Everyone kinda assumed that Steyer was spending $40M on a fruitless impeachment campaign as a (pretty smart) way of building an email list for a presidential run.
But he's not running.
And he's spending another $40M on impeachment.
— Lachlan Markay (@lachlan) January 9, 2019
I look forward to liberals decrying money in politics. https://t.co/wumT8qDwXE
— RBe (@RBPundit) January 9, 2019
So his political plans for 2019 and beyond include burning $40 million more on his campaign to impeach President Trump, so look out for plenty of pro-impeachment ads in early primary states.
Who goes to Iowa in January to announce that they will NOT run for President?
It's certainly not for the weather.
Smart idea to stay out. But Tom Steyer will remain an important anti-Trump voice. And a generous cash cow for Democratic causes.
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) January 9, 2019
Well, that narrows the Democratic field down to about 49 people.
Dear God, someone please tell him how to spend his money effectively.
— tabitha ford (@TKFord1) January 9, 2019
They realize money doesn’t get the president impeached right?
— Rupert Pumkin (@DL1109) January 9, 2019
This guy loves to waste money. At least waste it on hookers and blow, a la @charliesheen, and then I’d respect him.
— bigalpo (@bigalpo1) January 9, 2019
Sure, light $40 million on fire. It's not like there are better uses for that money, maybe buying some struggling local newspapers or supporting candidates at the local and state levels, or just giving to some food banks.
— Kathleen Lenihan (@kathleenlenihan) January 9, 2019
Imagine having $40 Million to waste on cult like commercials because of ego and power issues rather than spending it on helping people directly living in poverty.
— Peter Anderson (@petemanderson1) January 9, 2019
Still $0 for local Dem party organizations.
— Brion Neeley-Ryder (@brionneeley) January 9, 2019
He should just buy a Radio Network. Put some real alternatives to the right wing noise machine on the air.
— David Bailey ?? (@heydavidbailey) January 9, 2019
Yeah, he could call it Air America and hire Al Franken to do a show.
Because he knows he has no chance in hell at beating Trump
— Frank Dinardo (@fjdinardo) January 9, 2019
OK. We must turn to <checks notes> Michael Bloomberg and <checks notes again> and <checks notes again> some guy named Howard Schultz to be our billionaire savior.
— SomethingFischy (@edfischman) January 9, 2019
Without Tom Steyer, Democratic presidential primary voters will have to choose from Mike Bloomberg and Howard Schultz in the “Bored Billionaire” category.
— Jim Geraghty (@jimgeraghty) January 9, 2019
Maybe Oprah and Zuckerberg, too!
— Right of Left (@RightOfLeft_TX) January 9, 2019
Yeah, remember when Mark Zuckerberg was making his pilgrimage to all 50 states and just dropping in on ordinary folks for dinner to chat about their concerns? That was before his disastrous Congressional hearing, though.
Probably a little more telling: A billionaire performed due diligence in regards to "can we take Trump down?" and all his (presumably) smart people said "Save your money."
— PreviouslyKnownAsSomeoneElse (@DryHumorDryBeef) January 9, 2019
Yep … he was already hiring a campaign team and conducting polling, and we’re guessing he came in at less than 1 percent, below Sen. Cory Booker, Sen. Kamala Harris, and Gov. Jay Inslee.
2 years after expiration of Al Gore’s 10-year deadline, Tom Steyer gives humanity 12 years to act before ‘unimaginable suffering’ https://t.co/DGrVoQnMJH
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) December 10, 2018