Backlash for billionaire: Did Michael’s Bloom just wilt a bit?

Billionaire former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is taking heat over an audio in which he defended ‘stop and frisk.’ (Screen capture, YouTube, Face the Nation)

A bombshell audio from 2015 featuring former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defending stop-and-frisk policies and concentrating police in minority neighborhoods because “that’s where the real crime is” has come back to haunt the wealthy anti-gunner in a way that all of his riches may not be able to overcome.

The Washington Times is reporting the audio of Bloomberg defending the “racially controversial police tactic of ‘stop and frisk’ went viral on Tuesday” as polls opened in New Hampshire’s primary. Bloomberg made the volatile comment during a speech at the Aspen Institute nearly five years ago. A few months ago, he apologized for supporting “stop and frisk” as he opened his presidential campaign.

But the remark could have devastating consequences for his big money campaign.

“Ninety-five percent of murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O.,” Bloomberg said at the time. “You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. 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.”

That last remark is something of a puzzler, because it suggests Bloomberg wants to disarm the victims of crime.

Podcaster Benjamin Dixon released the audio and the Washington Times recalled how the Aspen Times reported the Institute had been asked by Bloomberg’s representatives to not release the recording.

Writing at Fox News, John Lott—founder and president of the Crime Prevention Research Center—declared Bloomberg’s assertion about crime and the “stop and frisk” effort was “riddled with inaccuracies.”

“It is one thing to say that minorities commit crime at relatively high rates compared to whites, but it is something quite different to falsely claim that minorities commit virtually all murders,” Lott observed.

Lott also noted Bloomberg has already spent a whopping $350 million on his campaign, more than all of the other candidates combined.

With former Vice President Joe Biden’s campaign woefully lagging—he reportedly left New Hampshire and moved on to South Carolina to prepare for that state’s primary and then will head for Nevada—and Bernie Sanders rising in the polls along with Pete Buttigieg, Bloomberg was being touted as a “centrist” against the rest of the Democrat pack, which seems to be increasingly headed to the far left, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Sen. Amy Klobuchar also battling it out. Biden seems to be running out of room as his New Hampshire campaign appears to be running out of steam.

Bloomberg has been avoiding the early primaries and concentrating on Super Tuesday, spending considerable sums in the key states. However, by dodging the early states, voters have been unable to get a feel for where the billionaire actually stands on many issues, though his position on gun control is well established.


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