Updated: February 4, 2023
The 2020 campaign trail is already taking a toll on my sanity, but at least there have been a few laughs along the way.
An overwhelming number of candidates are running, and for some reason they keep doing a bunch of ridiculous crap. There have been Yang antics, Biden malarky, and more, all while an impeachment trial intensifies Trump’s regularly scheduled nonsense. To say the end of 2019 has been politically hectic and stressful would be an understatement, but there has been one saving grace: the embarrassing campaign dances.
In November, a video of the “Buttigieg Dance” — a sequence of mortifying moves that Pete Buttigieg supporters set to Panic! at the Disco’s “High Hopes” — made the rounds on social media. People loved to hate on the dance, and it wasn’t long before another candidate, Mike Bloomberg, inspired a follow-up campaign dance. Except it wasn’t from Bloomberg’s team at all.
On Friday, Twitter user @nickciarelli shared a video of “Bloomberg Heads” doing a dance at a Mike Bloomberg rally in Beverly Hills. The dance is done to Maroon 5’s ear-bleed-inducing banger, “Moves Like Jagger,” and every time Adam Levine sings “Jagger” someone can be heard apathetically saying, “BLOOMBERG!”
Much like the Buttigieg dance, the Bloomberg dance is painful to watch, but the difference between the two is that sadly, the Bloomberg dance is fake.
Many people initially believed the Bloomberg dance video was genuinely done by fans of the former New York mayor because Ciarelli’s Twitter bio reads “Communications Intern @Mike2020.” A simple Google search reveals that Ciarelli is actually a comedian, so this dance was just a gag. Even Team Bloomberg tweeted to clarify that Ciarelli is not an intern for the campaign.
The fact that Americans were so quick to believe that a dance this bad was real may seems like an embarrassing new low. But you know what? It’s not that we’re gullible. It’s simply 2019 and we’ve seen so much stupid shit online that this very well could have been a thing that actually happened.
Everyone fell for the bloomberg dance thing because it is entirely plausible that something that dumb would happen
— Jake Flores (@feraljokes) December 13, 2019
The Mayor Pete dance was real, and look how foolish that was.
The Bloomberg dance may not be real, but like the Buttigieg dance it’s incredibly dumb. And sometimes you just need laugh at something dumb to be able get through the grueling months of a presidential campaign.