The former Mayor of New York City, Michael Bloomberg, has spent millions entering the democratic primary race, vying for a chance to go up against President Trump in 2020. However, that may all come to a grinding halt.
Recently resurfaced audio shows Bloomberg defending his “stop and frisk” policy. Although the “racist” moniker is now used for almost any and everything democrats despise—actually losing its meaning, many people argue—the former mayor’s comments concerning “crime” have many people using the hashtag #BloombergIsRacist.
CDP reported on this audio back in December, but it is now suddenly ‘trending.’
“Ninety-five percent of murders—murderers and murder victims—fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” he said during a speech to the Aspen Institute. “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible). And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed.”
[That claim is completely false.]
The solution, he argued, was to put more police in urban neighborhoods where crime is highest.
“So one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods,” Bloomberg said. “Yes, that’s true. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them… And then they start… ‘Oh I don’t want to get caught.’ So they don’t bring the gun. They still have a gun, but they leave it at home.”
This is horrible as hell!
— Nina Turner (@ninaturner) February 11, 2020
Bloomberg asked the Aspen Institute at the time to not distribute video of his appearance.
“We basically honor the wishes of our speakers, and Mayor Bloomberg preferred that we not use the video for broadcast,” the Institute’s chief external affairs officer Jim Spiegelman told the Aspen Times. “He did not give a reason nor did we have any reason to ask for one. We often feature speakers who prefer that their presentations not be videotaped.”
In November, Bloomberg apologized for the policy, saying he “can’t change history…however, today, I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong.”
The admission was too little too late for many and this audio will certainly not help.
At the time of writing, #BloombergIsRacist was trending on Twitter.
Conservative Daily Post previously reported on Bloomberg’s comments in December of last year, but it is just now registering with many liberal voters.
The statements were arguments about gun control, and Bloomberg basically said that minorities couldn’t be trusted with firearms:
“Mayor Bloomberg’s statement that black males should not be allowed to have guns echoes similar sentiments made by southern white supremacists in the 19th century,” Tom King, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association president, said in a statement.
“So called ‘Black Codes’ were enacted by various southern states to discriminate against black Americans and maintain the system of white supremacy that made slavery possible. These included restrictions on firearms possession.”
“If a politician said this about anything other than guns, the mainstream media would be all over them,” Mr. King argued. “Michael Bloomberg isn’t just any politician, he is the leading voice for gun control in America. He should be held accountable for this slander.”