Former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg faced criticism from Flint, Michigan, water advocates who said that the billionaire has a lack of understanding of problems in their city after his campaign was confronted with "EAT THE RICH" sentiment.

The people of Flint, Michigan, a population with more than 100,000 people who were in a state of emergency because of lead contamination in the city's drinking water supply, called out Bloomberg on Monday. 

The former mayor, in the past, has donated to former Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, who is thought to be responsible for Flint's water crisis, reports Mediaite

Oddly enough, instead of owning up to his involvement in the crisis, albeit indirectly, Bloomberg's social media team on Twitter, which he invested millions of dollars into, deflected the issue behind the "Eat The Rich" slogan directed at his campaign. The candidate's campaign nonchalantly tweeted that "America deserves better."

Eat The Rich is a slogan that came from Jean-Jacques Rousseau,French social theorist, according to GQ.

Bloomberg's campaign believes Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign, whose candidate is the current frontrunner for the Democratic nomination, is partly to blame for his supporters' behavior. 

“[These acts of vandalism echoe] language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters," Bloomberg Campaign Manager Kevin Sheekey told M Live. "Fortunately, no one has been injured. But this needs to end before someone gets hurt.” 

Sheekey followed his statements by comparing Sanders' rhetoric for a middle-class revolution to Trump's hate speech, saying, “We call on Bernie Sanders to immediately condemn these attacks and for his campaign to end the Trump-like rhetoric that is clearly encouraging his supporters to engage in behavior that has no place in our politics.”

Local Flint residents and supporters criticized him on social media for his condemnation of the message.

There were several acts of vandalism at Bloomberg's offices throughout Michigan, including "Corporate Pig" graffitied on his office in Ann Arbor.

Mari Copeny, a 12-year-old that goes by the name Little Miss Flint, asked Bloomberg to donate to her cause to provide clean water in Flint. 


She has been fighting to ensure her community gets access to clean and safe water since she was 8 years old, according to her official website


With the help of the water filtration company, Hydroviv, Mari, as of reporting now, is only less than $50K short of her $200,000 donation goal on 

Mari's campaign started on August 11, 2019 and has since received hundreds of donations from both public and private users. 

The campaign has reached two initial goals: In September, Little Miss Flint hit her initial goal of $100,000, and again, she reached more than $150,000.

In a guesstimation, the average donation that Little Miss Flint received is between $20 and $30, though some have donated upwards of $100 or more to the cause.