Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu greets former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg at Ben-Gurion Airport, July 23, 2014..
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PHILADELPHIA -- Former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg ripped at Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday night, taking to the stage of the Democratic National Convention to plead his fellow independent voters to oppose him.
"Together, let's elect a sane, competent person," Bloomberg said, concluding his scathing remarks. "Let's elect Hillary Clinton."
Clinton's nomination for president, sealed on Tuesday here in Philadelphia, was not necessarily endorsed by Bloomberg in a vacuum: She is not "flawless," he said, by any means.
But Trump is the "risky, reckless and radical choice, and we can't afford to make that choice," he said. "I'm a New Yorker, and I know a con when I see one."
"The richest thing about Donald Trump is his hypocrisy," Bloomberg continued, listing his employment of illegal immigrants, his outsourcing of jobs overseas and his repeated bankruptcies. "Trump says he wants to run the nation like he's run his businesses? God help us," he added.
The Jewish former mayor said that voters should get over their quips with the Democratic nominee out of love of country.
US Vice President Joe Biden also offered a searing criticism of the GOP nominee, speaking before Bloomberg.
No major party nominee "has ever known less or has been less prepared," Biden said, arguing he "would literally make us less safe."
"He has no clue what makes America great," Biden added. "Actually he has no clue, period."