President Donald Trump called Michael Bloomberg a “TOTAL RACIST” after the emergence of audio from the former mayor of New York who defended the use of stop-and-fire police in minority communities.
The issue is a fraught issue for Bloomberg, who has since apologized for his earlier views, especially because he is fighting for minority voters in a busy Democratic field.
The indictment of racism is remarkably from Trump – who himself favors stop and search, and has made crackdown on crime and immigration a cornerstone of his presidency.
The Tweet was removed without explanation – but Trump followed with an attack on the billionaire’s golf game.
‘Mini Mike is a short ball (very) batter. Small club head speed. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! “the president wrote.
Former mayor of New York, Mike Bloomberg, was defended by audio from a speech in 2015 before the Aspen Institute, where he defended the policy for stopping and searching. President Trump called him a “TOTAL RACIST”
The audio Bloomberg unveils the tough police tactics in a speech to the Aspen Institute in 2015, where he not only promotes the plan, but also recognizes that part of the strategy is to “place all police in minority neighborhoods” hoping for violence from guns to deal with.
“Ninety-five percent of the murders – murderers and victims of murder fit in one M.O. You can just take a description, give it to Xerox, and pass it on to all agents, “Bloomberg told the audience. “They are male, minorities, 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in almost every city … And that’s where the real crime is. You have to get the weapons out of people being killed, “he said.
President Trump called Bloomberg a “TOTAL RACIST” after the release of the audio
The attack comes weeks before the primary president of South Carolina, where black voters will form a significant part of the electorate. Bloomberg skips the first four games
File photo, Rev. Al Sharpton, center, with protesters during a silent march to end New York’s stop-and-frisk program. On August 12, 2013, a federal judge in New York said the department made thousands of racially discriminatory street stops and appointed a monitor to guide change
Opponents of the controversial stop-and-fouk policy rally of the New York Police Department on January 27, 2012 in the Bronx Borough in New York City. The NYPD says the stops support crime prevention, while opponents say they are about racial profiling and violation of civil rights. According to the New York Civil Liberties Union, 514,461 city dwellers were stopped by the NYPD in the first nine months of 2011. 451,469 were innocent (88 percent), while 54 percent were black, 31 percent Latino and 9 percent white
“So one of the unintended consequences is that people say,” Oh my God, you arrest children for marijuana who are all minorities. ‘ Yes that’s right. Why? Because we place all agents in minority neighborhoods, “says Bloomberg.
‘Yes that’s right. Why are we doing it? Because there is all crime. And the way you take the weapons out of the children’s hands is to throw them against the wall and search 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. ”
Bloomberg praised the policy at the time as part of its statistics-driven anti-crime policy. But they were furious about minority communities and civil liberties, who fought successfully to curtail policy.
Bloomberg shot back in a statement: “President Trump’s deleted tweet is the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans. I inherited the police practice of stopping and searching, and as part of our efforts to stop violence by weapons, it was overused. By the time I left my office, I reduced it by 95%, but I should have done it faster and faster. I regret that and apologized – and I have taken the responsibility to take too long to understand its impact on the black and Latino community. “
He continued: “But this issue and my comments about it do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equality. I believe that we must end mass detention and, during my term of office, we have reduced detention by 40% and the youth restriction by more than 60%. We have created the Young Men’s Initiative to help young men in color on their way to success, on which President Obama has built to create My Brother’s Keeper. And we have overhauled a school system that had neglected and under-funded schools in black and Latino communities for too long. “
He added: “President Trump, on the other hand, has inherited a country that marched to greater equality and divided us with racist calls and hateful rhetoric. The challenge today is clear: we must confront this president and do everything we can to defeat him. The president’s attack on me clearly reflects his fear of the growing power of my campaign. Make no mistake Mr. President: I am not afraid of you and I will not allow you to bully me or anyone else in America. Between now and November I will do everything to beat you, whether I am voting or not. “
Trump’s campaign leader Brad Parscale joined in and received the comments. “All the money in the world cannot undo this,” he wrote.
The audio came to the fore when Bloomberg hit the polls after spending $ 350,000 of his fortune on his race. He has 2,000 employees who work for his efforts.
With a divided Democratic field, there is a chance that Bloomberg will break out if the left wing and center of the party fight during the first four primaries.
Trump himself is an unusual messenger for the final stop and frisk. In 2018, he then called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to use the policy to “straighten out the terrible gunfire” in Chicago.
“It works and it was meant for problems like Chicago: stop and search,” Trump said in a speech in Florida in October 2018.