Can you win the Democratic presidential nomination in the Age of Woke with this kind of rhetoric in your recent history?
Billionaire Michael Bloomberg, who is already struggling to put his controversial support of stop-and-frisk policies in the rearview mirror, was hit this week with audio from a speech he gave to the Aspen Institute in 2015. It was there that the former New York City mayor defended the policies that he disavowed upon launching his presidential campaign. And some critics are saying that the speech proves that Bloomberg is a racist.
“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 in the speech. “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city. 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.”
Bloomberg said that it was common sense to spend money on policing neighborhoods where crime is rampant.
“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,” he acknowledged. “Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. 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.”
President Trump’s campaign manager, Brad Parscale immediately jumped on the audio release, tweeting #BloombergIsARacist alongside another clip of the former mayor speaking in 2013.
“I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It’s exactly the reverse of what they say,” Bloomberg said on his radio show at the time. “I don’t know where they went to school but they certainly didn’t take a math course. Or a logic course.”
“All the money in the world can’t undo this,” Parscale tweeted.
In a Democratic Party where the golden assumption is that minorities can do no wrong and that any wrong they may HAPPEN to do comes about as a result of systemic oppression, Bloomberg’s opinions on crime and policing could not be more out of touch. It’s hard to imagine how he can overcome this.