Local Retiree Billionaire Says He’s Not Rich, Pretends He Was Ever Not Going To Vote For Trump This Year

The Financial Times’ U.S. national editor had lunch with Lloyd Blankfein recently. He would like you to know that this was notable. Not, of course, because it was at the Porter House; after all, Blankfein lives just up the block from the Time Warner Center. No because he was really letting himself go in his retirement, having a glass of Pinot Noir with the bacon Bibb salad he “dispatches… with gusto” and the medium-rare filet mignon he “demolished.” No, it’s because, according to Edward Luce, Blankfein has been “avoiding the media” and “keeping a low profile” since stepping down from Goldman Sachs a year and a half ago. Which may fairly come as a surprise to anyone on Twitter. What will not come as a surprise to those people is what he wanted to talk about.

I mention that Sanders is now favourite to be the nominee. Blankfein does a mock frown…. “I think I might find it harder to vote for Bernie than for Trump,” he says. “There’s a long time between now and then. The Democrats would be working very hard to find someone who is as divisive as Trump. But with Bernie they would have succeeded….”

“I don’t like assassination by categorisation. I think it’s un-American. I find that destructive and intemperate. I find that just as subversive of the American character as someone like Trump who denigrates groups of people who he has never met. At least Trump cares about the economy.”

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