Ah yes…billionaire Michael Bloomberg…man of the people.
Bloomberg has spent a lot of time apologizing…lately.
The billionaire and presidential candidate has apologized for the “stop and frisk” policy that was utilized in New York City while he was mayor.
We actually agree that it was good policy because New York’s crime rate nose-dived while the policy was in place. It wasn’t until wanna-be Communist and criminal sympathizer Bill de Blasio became mayor that the trend reversed.
With that being said however, Bloomberg, back in 2013 when he was defending the policy made some, shall we say inflammatory comments.
At the time, the New York City Council was debating bills which were aimed at cracking down on the controversial policy.
Bloomberg was speaking on his weekly radio show, addressing the large percentage of blacks and Latinos who were stopped in New York’s five boroughs each year.
“One newspaper and one news service, they just keep saying, ‘Oh, it’s a disproportionate percentage of a particular ethnic group.’ That may be. But it’s not a disproportionate percentage of those who witnesses and victims describe as committing the murders,” said Bloomberg.
“In that case, incidentally, I think, we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little,” said Bloomberg. “It’s exactly the reverse of what they’re saying. I don’t know where they went to school, but they certainly didn’t take a math course, or a logic course.”
“Nobody racially profiles,” he continued.
Needless to say, that set off a lot of people, in particular critics of the policy.
Council member Jumaane Williams said at the time:
“I think he’s taken a course in how to misuse numbers most effectively. It’s obviously just ridiculous. Every day I get more flabbergasted by what they mayor and [police] commissioner and police unions are saying about the bills.”
Council member Brad Lander said:
“After powerful testimony from so many African-American and Latino City Council members about the realities and indignities of discriminatory policing, it is the height of arrogance for the mayor to keep arguing that the real problem is that the NYPD is over-stopping white people.”
Bloomberg responded to critics at the time that most serious crimes in New York were committed by male minorities ages 15 to 25. He said that his administration had worked aggressively to reverse that trend.
“But when it comes to policing, the police have to be able to go out and stop, look for those that fit the description of a witness or a victim after a crime. And if you can’t do that, then, you know, you just turn over the streets to the criminal’s literally overnight.”
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Of course, Bill de Blasio, who never met a criminal he didn’t like, rode in like a knight in shining armor to criticize the policy. He called Bloomberg’s comments “outrageous.”
“To say that we stop ‘too little’ shows just how out of touch Mayor Bloomberg has become,” said de Blasio. “We urgently need both an Inspector General for the NYPD and a ban on racial profiling so that we start to heal community and police relations.”
“It’s out of touch, it’s insensitive and I dare say it is hurtful to people all over the city,” he said.
Give de Blasio credit—at least he’s consistently anti-cop. And really, think about that last statement. A “ban on racial profiling so that we start to heal community and police relations.” That has worked out awesome!
Of course, now Bloomie is running for president against the rest of the clown show called the Democratic Party. So of course, he says he “was wrong, and I’m sorry.”
Certainly Bloomberg is sincere. We also have ocean-front property to sell you in Arizona.
So in November, Bloomberg started his “apology tour.” Speaking at the Christian Cultural Center in East New York, he said he “got something important really wrong” with regard to his support for the stop and frisk policy in New York.
“Our main focus was saving lives. The fact is far too many people were being stopped while we tried to do that.”
Now understand, at the time Bloomberg had denied that he was going to run for president. In fact, he specifically addressed a so-called “apology tour” as one of the reasons that he would not run.
“It’s just not going to happen on a national level for somebody like me, starting where I am, unless I was willing to change all my views and go on what CNN called ‘an apology tour,’” he said.
He was referring to would-be opponents on the Democratic side.
“Joe Biden went out and apologized for being male, over 50, white. He apologized for the one piece of legislation which is actually a pretty good anti-crime bill, which if the liberals ever read it, most of the things they like is in that bill.”
Bloomberg, running as a Democrat will need to do some damage control with the minority community, which historically overwhelmingly support Democrats.
However with some polling showing that President Trump is putting a dent in that support, having a polarizing candidate like Bloomberg could spell ultimate disaster for the Democrats should he be the nominee, which at least as of now does not seem likely.
In 2012, Bloomberg was speaking to the East Ward Missionary Baptist Church in Harlem. Reverend Sean Garner suggested that parents should start a stop-question-and frisk policy in the home. Every parent—mother and father—would be responsible for looking at the things their children bring into the house.”
Bloomberg ran with it, saying:
“It is the parents’ job to start a stop-and-frisk in the home, to the extent that they can. We in the city are doing everything we can to work with our young kids, for those who’ve fallen off the right path, to get them back on track.”
Bloomberg implied that stop and frisk in the home should be a legitimate parental act.
Bloomberg also compared opponents of stop and frisk to the NRA, sacrilege for liberals. The Center for Constitutional Rights, along with the New York Civil Liberties Union opposed the policy.
“Let’s be clear, the NYCLU’s priority is not protecting our safety. It is protecting their ideology. And in that regard, they are no better than the NRA,” Bloomberg said at the time.
He made the comments while speaking to another church congregation.
“One group views the Second Amendment in absolutist terms; the other group views the Fourth Amendment in absolutist terms. Both groups, I think, are dangerously wrong on the Constitution.”
Look, as a retired police officer I am a proponent of stop and frisk, as long as it is done in a way that complies with the Constitution. Nothing necessarily indicated that the NYPD was doing anything at the time to compromise that.
It is the hypocrisy of Michael Bloomberg that is mind blowing. Only after he stuck his finger in the wind and realized that his endorsement of stop and frisk in New York is a Trojan horse that could derail his campaign. Think about this…with one policy, he put himself on the opposite side of three typical Democrat constituencies…trial lawyers, Hispanics and African-Americans. No apology tour can take away over a decade of being tied at the hip to a policy that these groups despised.