Billionaire would-be president Michael Bloomberg has reportedly qualified for a spot in Wednesday evening’s presidential debate in Nevada, his poll numbers having shot up to 19 percent, but a serious gaffe from 2016 in which the former New York mayor seemed to consider farmers as dunces could take him down a few notches, and that’s not all.
Another of his remarks, from 2011, has surfaced in The Sun, and it has serious racial overtones. According to that report, Bloomberg said during an interview while in his third term as New York City mayor, “There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, age, let’s say, 16 to 25, that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know what their skill sets are, [and] don’t know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work collaboratively and collectively.”
Bloomberg has apologized for the remarks, The Sun reported. But he admitted, “I apologize. I own it. And there’s nothing – I’m going to live with it.”
He has also apologized for promoting and defending the controversial “stop-and-frisk” program that heavily targeted minority neighborhoods in New York City.
In his 2016 gaffe, Bloomberg told an audience at the University of Oxford Said Business School, “You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that,” as a seemingly dismissive remark about American farmers. South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem slammed Bloomberg during an appearance Tuesday on “Fox & Friends,” calling the comment “incredibly insulting.”
The first-term governor said Bloomberg’s remark was “nothing but pompous ignorance.” Noem is a Republican.
With all of this heading into the Nevada debate, Bloomberg does not need any other potential problems, but he appears to have one. Fox News is reporting that a Bloomberg-funded program “is paying the salaries of lawyers who are farmed out to liberal state attorney general offices to pursue climate-based litigation.”
“The arrangement, which currently pays the salaries of Special Assistant Attorneys General (SAAGs) in 10 Democratic AG offices, is drawing new scrutiny now that Bloomberg is running for president,” the report said.
States linked to the program were Delaware, Connecticut, Illinois, Massachusetts, Maryland, Minnesota, New Mexico, New York and Oregon, plus the District of Columbia, Fox reported.
This program reportedly started with the New York University School of Law’s State Energy & Environmental Impact Center, beginning in 2017 “with $5.6 million from Bloomberg’s nonprofit.” The program reportedly “hires mid-career lawyers as ‘research fellows’ before providing them to state AGs where they assist in pursuing ‘progressive’ policy goals through the courts,” the story said.
Bloomberg’s 11th hour entry into the race for the White House is not getting rave reviews, but it’s also not entirely negative. He’s got those rising poll numbers, but that may be people simply walking away from former Vice President Joe Biden, whose dismal finishes in Iowa and New Hampshire have hurt his campaign. Bloomberg may represent the new “moderate” in the campaign, in a field where far-left Sen. Bernie Sanders is leading the pack, with former Mayor Pete Buttigieg running alongside, followed by Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Elizabeth Warren trailing along with Biden.
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