With less than a week before the nation's first caucuses and primaries, most of the 2020 Democratic Presidential candidates are spending every moment of their free time in Iowa, courting voters.
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, however, entered the race late and has decided instead to skip the campaign's opening contests, instead focusing on the states which will vote on Super Tuesday.
While in Vermont, Bloomberg tried a pretty unorthodox campaigning technique when he was introduced to a dog.
While campaigning in Burlington, Vermont yesterday, Fmr. Mayor Michael Bloomberg met a dog. #Campaign2020 https://t.co/AKAj8nMZhv— Nicole Sganga (@Nicole Sganga)1580242730.0
After shaking a man's hand, Bloomberg kept the momentum going by shaking a dog's mouth.
I regret to inform you that Mike Bloomberg attempted to shake a dog’s mouth. https://t.co/hKsagJ4xAf— Christopher J. Hale (@Christopher J. Hale)1580243889.0
Yes, you read that correctly.
He shook the dog's mouth.
https://t.co/we30uZ81dG https://t.co/w8m2t7yEES— CJ Fogler (@CJ Fogler)1580245323.0
Is ... is this the first dog Mike Bloomberg has ever met? https://t.co/CogHuMzoMH— Shaker Samman (@Shaker Samman)1580245216.0
I'm a lifelong cat person, and even I know that that's not how dogs work. https://t.co/PWHFkvgJvP— Jonathon Owen (@Jonathon Owen)1580245293.0
On Twitter, Bloomberg was mercilessly roasted for his strange greeting.
"How do you do, fellow mammal?" https://t.co/QX9yuArpCg— Orli Matlow (@Orli Matlow)1580245256.0
Just your normal political campaigner, shakin’ mouths and kissin’ baby strollers (via @RobynUrback) https://t.co/3YZworE1gW— Jason Markusoff (@Jason Markusoff)1580244985.0
That is, without question, the weirdest way to pet a dog ever https://t.co/Z10NeVKjeO— Matt Vereen (@Matt Vereen)1580244447.0
Maybe we should all be shaking dogs by the mouth?
Is Bloomberg a genius?
little known fact, a snoot-shake is the correct way to greet all dogs https://t.co/wtoOsC6BJU— Natasha Bertrand (@Natasha Bertrand)1580245328.0
Anyone criticizing this is absolutely just envious of Bloomberg’s dog handling instincts. This is just a textbook e… https://t.co/uFLJvNpGMM— Daniel Foster (@Daniel Foster)1580245102.0
Some people did point out that many dogs don't mind some light wrestling.
@chrisjollyhale I don't even like Bloomberg, but this is endearing as hell.— His Excellency Bishop Ydstie-Smirnov (@His Excellency Bishop Ydstie-Smirnov)1580244898.0
@1onic1 @chrisjollyhale @zerohedge that's what I said I play with my dog that way too— Karen Walker for VP (@Karen Walker for VP)1580245034.0
I rise to defend Bloomberg's dog interaction. I have no idea what his dog experience level is but many dogs, especi… https://t.co/ZkHRUlDdV8— Clara Jeffery (@Clara Jeffery)1580270176.0
Others, however, were ready to revolt.
I have never been more upset in my life https://t.co/dyH6o4gqns— Lyta Scold (@Lyta Scold)1580246182.0
impeach bloomberg in advance https://t.co/bVNIllviNs— welcome home space girl (@welcome home space girl)1580246387.0
This is what an alien would do upon meeting a dog while thinking it’s the human thing to do https://t.co/3ihrP21Qnx— Supriya Dwivedi (@Supriya Dwivedi)1580245271.0
No matter which side of the issue you fall on, the video is certainly hard to look away from.
Help, I can’t stop watching the video of Bloomberg and the dog— Elise Foley (@Elise Foley)1580245561.0
The campaigns are getting into full swing now.
Surely snout shaking won't be the strangest thing we see between now and November.