1. Bloomberg’s History of Racist Policing Policies
One of Mike Bloomberg’s biggest lasting legacies as mayor of New York City was his record expansion of the policing policy of “stop & frisk” tactics. Under Bloomberg, the strategy of temporarily detaining “suspicious” individuals and searching them without a stated cause was largely employed. The policy not only disproportionately targeted people of color, 90% of whom turned out to be innocent, but it did so on purpose. In 2015, during a speech at the Aspen Institute, Bloomberg defended the policy by stating that “ninety-five percent of murderers fit one M.O. 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.” You can watch him say this here. What’s worse, Bloomberg’s largest progressive bone fide, gun control, is weighed down by this racist policy — his proposals to enact it are enforced through the stop-and-frisk practice! All in all, one can understand why his “Plan for Black America” and his “Latino Empowerment” programs largely center on expanding property and business ownership instead of substantive reforms to the criminal justice system.
2. There are Dozens of Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Allegations Against Bloomberg
Mike Bloomberg has a well-documented history of sexism. In fact, 62 different women have alleged that Bloomberg sexually harassed or discriminated against them for being women at some point in his career, though many of them were paid off and made to sign nondisclosure agreements about the experience. In one particular case, he told a female staff member with a wanted pregnancy to “kill it” so her pregnancy wouldn’t interfere with her work. He also appeared in convicted pedophile and sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘little black book’ of associates and has been pictured with Epstein’s assistant, Ghislaine Maxwell. By comparison, Donald Trump has 23 sexual misconduct allegations, about one third of Bloomberg’s number; if Democrats nominate Bloomberg, they’re potentially putting an even more dangerous sexual predator in the White House than even the one we already have.
3. Bloomberg’s Racist Housing Policies
Another damning audio which recently resurfaced features Mike…