Michael Bloomberg, who has  been mulling over a 2020 presidential bid in opposition to Donald Trump, has donated a report $1.8bn (£1.4bn) to Johns Hopkins College, his alma matter. 

The previous New York Metropolis mayor mentioned in an announcement he was donating the historic contribution, for use in the direction of offering monetary help for future college students, “to open the identical door of alternative that I had for generations of gifted college students, no matter monetary circumstances.”

“Right here’s a easy thought I wager most People agree with: No certified highschool pupil ought to ever be barred entrance to a school primarily based on his or her household’s checking account. But it occurs on a regular basis,” the billionaire entrepreneur wrote in a New York Occasions Op-Ed on Sunday. “America is at its finest once we reward folks primarily based on the standard of their work, not the dimensions of their pocketbook. Denying college students entry to a school primarily based on their skill to pay undermines equal alternative. It perpetuates intergenerational poverty. And it strikes on the coronary heart of the American dream: the concept that each particular person, from each group, has the possibility to rise primarily based on benefit.”

Mr Bloomberg, who not too long ago switched his voter registration — and public political affiliation — from Republican to Democrat, as soon as once more stirred presidential chatter over the weekend with the most important announcement. 

He’s stored busy underneath Mr Trump’s presidency constructing inroads with Democratic management, pouring thousands and thousands into tv and radio commercials for Democrats in battleground states within the remaining weeks of the 2018 midterms. Home minority chief reportedly paid him a private go to to thank him for his contributions in the direction of the get together’s political upset victory in taking again the Home.  

However not everybody was on board with the previous mayor coming into the race for the Democratic ticket. 

“Don’t even discuss to me about Michael Bloomberg in 2020,” New York Occasions columnist Charles Blow wrote in a tweet. “I’m a black man who raised blk boys in NYC. Bloomberg’s growth and protection of the racist cease & frisk signifies that his candidacy is a nonstarter for me, and I’ll remind EVERY black particular person of his report.”

The put up was shared by different distinguished voices on the left, together with social justice advocate Shaun King. 

Regardless of his former affiliation to the Republican Occasion, Mr Bloomberg additionally faces opposition from forces on the proper. After pledging his lifelong allegiance to the Democratic Occasion final week, the Nationwide Rifle Affiliation tweeted, “Simply once we thought we’d get a break from listening to about billionaire Michael Bloomberg and his anti-gun election meddling, he’s again!”

Mr Bloomberg polls at two per cent of assist amongst Democratic voters in response to the newest surveys, with Joe Biden main the pack at 19 per cent, adopted by Michelle Obama, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton. Mr Bloomberg trails in ninth place, behind Oprah Winfrey and lawmakers Kamala Harris and Cory Booker. 

The previous mayor has advised reporters he’ll decide about operating for workplace by February.

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