The spokesperson for the Republican National Committee (RNC) eviscerated Tom Steyer’s newly-announced presidential campaign as a “self-promotion tour” after the billionaire entered into the crowded 2020 Democratic primary.
On Tuesday morning, Steyer — whose ads calling for the impeachment of President Donald Trump were reportedly called a “distraction” by Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) — announced that he would be joining the fray for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination after the first debate came and went.
It’s true. I’m running for president. pic.twitter.com/u8x2lZah7Z
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) July 9, 2019
“It’s true,” tweeted Steyer. “I’m running for president.”
RNC spokesperson Steve Guest had some choice words regarding the California billionaire’s White House bid, blasting it as a “self-promotion tour” that will only serve to “light more of his money on fire.”
“After a false start, left-wing extremist Tom Steyer has finally formalized his self-promotion tour under the guise of a presidential campaign,” Guest said in a statement. “The only thing Steyer’s campaign will do is light more of his money on fire as he joins the rest of the 2020 Democrat field in pushing policies that are way outside the mainstream.”
Steyer’s announcement also drew criticism from users on Twitter, who went after the California billionaire — whose hedge fund that he previously managed was heavily invested in the private prison company the Corrections Corporation of America — with even former Arkansas Senator Mike Gravel (D-Ark.) blasting the “ego-driven billionaire.”
Looks like another ego-driven billionaire, @TomSteyer, is throwing his hat into the ring for the presidency.
Meanwhile, he is barring his staff from unionizing. Tom opposes Trump as an "aberration," but he will never fight the crooked system that made him his billions. https://t.co/pgayuzqGGi
— Sen. Mike Gravel (@MikeGravel) July 9, 2019
Check out some of the other hot takes:
Why did democrat billionaire "activist" Tom Steyer enter the crowded 2020 presidential contest, after passing on bid earlier this year? Easy. He watched the debates.#Democrats2020
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) July 9, 2019
Tom Steyer had Trump Derangement Syndrome before Trump Derangement Syndrome was a thing.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 9, 2019
FLASHBACK: Tom Steyer hired Fusion GPS to work on a California ballot initiative back in 2012. https://t.co/LOp8NX02MI
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) July 9, 2019
If Tom Steyer is going to light $100 million on fire to pay for a doomed presidential campaign, he should give that money to Flint for clean water instead.
— Adam Best (@adamcbest) July 9, 2019
*Tom Steyer to Spend $100 Million Proving He Cares about Himself Way More than the Planet pic.twitter.com/lZYNKkq44A
— Lauren Duca (@laurenduca) July 9, 2019
Tom Steyer could literally afford to register millions of new voters for a fraction of the cost of a failed presidential campaign and he’d probably end up with schools named after him for it. It’s not just that he’s egotistical; it’s that his egotistical act isn’t even practical.
— August J. Pollak (@AugustJPollak) July 9, 2019
barely an hour into his campaign and the universe is sending as many "get back inside your house" flares at tom steyer as possible https://t.co/d2I8QRajCe
— as a prosecutor, (@Mobute) July 9, 2019
Billionaire Tom Steyer made his fortune financing coal plants
As a nat gas/renewables investor, he spent $18M in 2018 trying to kill US’s largest source of clean energy, Palo Verde nuclear, and replace it with gas & solar
He’s now running for president — as a climate activist
— Mike Shellenberger (@ShellenbergerMD) July 9, 2019
nobody cares, thomas.
— Thee Anthony Fantano (@theneedledrop) July 9, 2019
First-term Florida Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also got his shot in, pointing out that Steyer “spent tens of millions of dollars trying to beat [him] in Florida and lost.”
Hard to imagine this Democrat primary field getting more liberal but here you go. Tom Steyer spent tens of millions of dollars to try to beat me in Florida and lost.
— Rick Scott (@ScottforFlorida) July 9, 2019
Steyer has entered into the massive primary field that just saw its first drop-out in the form of Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) this week. He will have to compete against big-name Democrats that took part in the first round of debates last month, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), and former Vice President Joe Biden (D).