Iconic courtroom TV personality Judge Judy Sheindlin announced her support for former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg for president.
“I realize I am taking a personal and a career risk in making such a statement. I have carefully stayed away from politics for 50 years, except to vote. But times have changed in our country, and I believe the moment has come for me to step out from behind the curtain,” Sheindlin, 77, said in an op-ed for USA Today published last Wednesday.
According to Sheindlin, Bloomberg is the country’s only hope of healing the wounds that have resulted in a “hopelessly divided” America.
The “American family has been fractured in recent years,” Sheindlin said, adding that a “bitterly divided family cannot thrive.”
Bloomberg announced in March he would not be seeking the presidency. But the famously no-nonsense judge expressed hope that Bloomberg might reconsider.
“I respect his comment — but our political landscape has changed profoundly since he made it. There is ferment on the left and the right, candidacies are rising and falling, and this has created an opportunity for Bloomberg, a man of the center, to change his mind,” she said.
Sheindlin praised Bloomberg as an “independent, tough-minded businessman” who represents the nation’s “best chance to bring America together again and begin the long national process of healing.”
“Unlike those on the far the right and the far left who use their bully pulpit to divide us, he’s a pragmatist, a man who has shown time and again that he knows how to get things done and cares more about results than ideology. That’s a skill in short supply these days, on both sides,” she averred.
The former Manhattan Family Court judge also used her USA Today column to take aim at uncompromising Democrats and candidates who “are fighting to out-left each other with pie-in-the-sky proposals for free money and free education.”
“Everybody gets a thousand dollars, everybody gets free college tuition. Everybody gets, everybody gets, but where does all this getting come from?” she said.