Michael Bloomberg says he is prepared to drop a couple billion dollars of his vast personal wealth on an advertising campaign and political infrastructure to become president. He has already built a political organization that rivals the entire DNC in size and scope. He’s hiring top political operatives and paying them through the year just to keep them from working for his opponents.
And he does seem to be climbing in the polls after his advertising blitz. Quinnipiac even suggests that he’s stealing Biden’s support with black voters, which I find impossible to believe. It’s difficult to tell whether he’s climbing in the polls because after Biden’s spectacular (but totally predictable) collapse Bloomberg is the only candidate remaining for disillusioned Democratic voters to try on or if his ad campaign is really having a psychological effect. Maybe it’s a little bit of both.
It would be hilarious if Bloomberg survives the nomination process simply because he was late to the party and remained out of the fray as the others tore each other to shreds. Bloomberg is a Republican opposition researcher’s dream come true. Perhaps even more so than Elizabeth Warren. And not just because he once tried to regulate access to Big Gulps of soda.
There are endless videos of Bloomberg speaking with open disdain for poor people and minorities. And not just about his “stop and frisk” policy, which allowed the NYPD to stop and search any random (but usually black or brown) person they encountered on the sidewalk with zero cause.
Under Mayor Bloomberg, the NYPD was used to spy on Muslim groups.
Under Mayor Bloomberg, poor people had to submit to being fingerprinted to obtain food stamps.
You need assistance, but what you don’t need are civil liberties! If you don’t want your kids to starve or live on the streets, your fingerprints will be in our police database! So liberal. So enlightened.
Rather than deal with homelessness, Mayor Bloomberg had a clandestine policy to put homeless on buses and airplanes out of the city. His ostensibly liberal political pals on the west coast have also adopted similar practices now that their own policy ideas have dramatically increased local economic inequality.
Bloomberg’s not a compassionate guy. But he’s also not a smart policy guy. He doesn’t look for practical solutions to anything. Instead he relies on abusing police powers in a thousand ways.
Consider how he used law enforcement to try to harass the poor, black, and brown out of NYC and then ponder what he could do with the Department of Justice, CIA, and Homeland Security. This is not a man who wants to lift all ships through general economic prosperity.
Bloomberg has understood this was the biggest obstacle to his political ambitions. Even before Trump launched his presidential campaign in June 2015, Bloomberg was trying to suppress media coverage of his own record with minorities in hopes of running. See this February 2015 article from a paper in Aspen, Colorado – Michael Bloomberg blocks footage of Aspen Institute appearance:
Michael Bloomberg representatives have asked the Aspen Institute not to distribute footage of his recent appearance in Aspen, where the three-term New York City mayor made pointed comments concerning minorities and gun control.
Both the Institute and GrassRoots TV, the organization that filmed the event, confirmed Thursday that they will not broadcast the footage online or on television as planned.
“We basically honor the wishes of our speakers, and Mayor Bloomberg preferred that we not use the video for broadcast,” the Institute’s chief external affairs officer Jim Spiegelman wrote in an email Friday. “He did not give a reason nor did we have any reason to ask for one. We often feature speakers who prefer that their presentations not be videotaped.”
Appearing before nearly 400 people in Aspen on Feb. 5, the billionaire founder of Bloomberg L.P. argued that in order to save lives, police should seize guns from male minorities between ages 15 and 25.
“These kids think they’re going to get killed anyway because all their friends are getting killed,” Bloomberg said during the speech. “So they just don’t have any longterm focus or anything. It’s a joke to have a gun. It’s a joke to pull a trigger.”
And this is only the tip of the iceberg of the outright racist stuff Bloomberg has said in public venues.
You can already see the Trump ads now. Maybe they’ll even pair the clips of Bloomberg with Elizabeth Warren’s observation at Friday’s Democratic Debate that Democrats always claim they are going to help the African-American community, but they never do. That’s like cheese with a fine wine.
And they can follow that up with Bloomberg announcing his plans to tax the rich to pay for increased government services (the usual Democratic bribe for votes) with shots of Bloomberg’s residence in Bermuda. It’s almost like he understands that a tax on billionaires is the most optional tax in the world and that it won’t work to fund jack squat.