Newly-released Audio of Bloomberg May Doom His Candidacy

Brenda Watkins
February 12, 2020

In 2015, after serving three terms as Mayor of New York City, Bloomberg spoke at the Aspen Institute where he defended his implemented policy of stop-and-frisk. "And the way you get the guns out of the kids" hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them. Because we put all the cops in the minority neighborhoods. Yes that's true. Why'd we do it? "Because that's where all the crime is". "The racist stereotypes he uses have no place today, and anyone running for the presidential nomination should disavow them", said Steyer, who has focused on building support from African Americans in South Carolina's February 29 primary. That was pretty extreme.

Audio of @MikeBloomberg's 2015 @AspenInstitute speech where he explains that "you can just Xerox (copy)" the description of male, minorities 16-25 and hand to cops.

Bloomberg enjoys significant African-American support.

Bloomberg said in a statement that Trump's tweet was "the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans" but acknowledged that stop-and-frisk was "overused" in NY.

Symone Sanders, a top adviser to Biden's campaign, called the comments "sad and despicable", and said Bloomberg "will have to answer for these comments".

If you live in NY, or know our history, you've been knowing that #BloombergIsRacist.

Driving the news: President Trump's campaign amplified the Bloomberg audio earlier on Tuesday.

As recently as January 2019, in a speech to the Naval Academy, Bloomberg responded to a question about how the policy targeted minorities: "We focused on keeping kids from going through the correctional system. kids who walked around looking like they might have a gun, remove the gun from their pockets and stop it". In 2013, his final year as mayor, a federal judge ruled that stop-and-frisk breached the constitutional rights of minorities.

On Tuesday, he restated his apology over stop-and-frisk, saying he had reduced its use by 95% by the time he left office.

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Speaking at an African-American church in Brooklyn in November, Mr Bloomberg apologised for stop-and-frisk in NY, which disproportionately targeted black and Latino residents.

"I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on black and Latino communities". Its resurfacing has brought new scrutiny about Bloomberg's views on criminal justice and minority communities as he spends more than $100 million on his 2020 presidential bid.

How is the Bloomberg campaign doing?

US President Donald Trump tweeted that Democratic presidential hopeful and multi-billionaire Michael Bloomberg is a "total racist".

Trump later deleted his tweet targeting Bloomberg, without explanation.

"I think it's also true that most police departments around the world do the same thing; they just don't report it or use the terminology", he said.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg reacted to resurfaced comments he made in 2015 defending his "stop and frisk" policies against minorities.

"Hopefully the surfacing of the videos and comments will get, especially black folks, but people of color and progressives all over - will cause them to second-guess any support they may have given his candidacy", she said.

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