“I think I could beat Trump,” Dimon said Wednesday during an event held at his bank’s Park Avenue headquarters. “Because I’m as tough as he is, I’m smarter than he is. I would be fine. He could punch me all he wants, it wouldn’t work with me. I’d fight right back.”
Dimon, 62, has been outspoken about what the U.S. needs to do to improve economic growth for a broader set of participants. He’s also pushed for common-sense reform on topics from immigration policy to infrastructure spending. So he’s often asked whether he would run for president. In the past, he has said that while he would like running the country, he could never win an election. But the victory of Donald Trump in 2016 — another billionaire New York businessman — raised the possibility that Dimon might change his mind.
Still, while the questions remain, Dimon maintains that he probably couldn’t win. In Wednesday’s comments, he indicated that its unlikely a rich banker could beat the liberal side of the Democratic party.
“I can’t beat the liberal side of the Democratic Party,” Dimon said, adding that the Democrats needed to “get their act together” by not attacking businesses.
Dimon was speaking at an event where J.P. Morgan unveiled a new program committing $500 million to boost economic growth in select cities around the world. MORE TO READ