Published: Thu, February 13, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

In South, Bloomberg aims to move past stop-and-frisk remarks

In South, Bloomberg aims to move past stop-and-frisk remarks

In his statement to Bloomberg's campaign, Meeks said that he believes the former New York City mayor "will unite us behind the common objective of rebuilding our nation's infrastructure and driving our economy forward into the 21st century". But by attributing the meltdown to the elimination of redlining, a practice used by banks to discriminate against minority borrowers, Bloomberg appears to be blaming policies meant to bring equality to the housing market.

Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday sought to move past newly resurfaced years-old comments in which he defended the controversial "stop-and-frisk" policing tactic that has been found to disproportionately affect minorities.

It was also widely reported during the race that the NY real estate mogul said he would implement or support stop-and-frisk as commander-in-chief.

According to a report in the Aspen Times that also dates from 2015, Bloomberg blocked the release of video of the Aspen Institute appearance, but the Aspen Times reporter uploaded what appears to be the full audio online, and it drew renewed attention Monday after podcaster Benjamin Dixon circulated it on Twitter. "Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown", Bloomberg said in a posting.

Bloomberg, whose wealth Forbes estimates at $61.8 billion, making him the eighth-richest person in the U.S., is pouring his money into an advertising blitz to promote his presidential run and to knock Trump.

Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., it caught fire on social media just as voters in New Hampshire were going to the polls Tuesday in large part due to amplification by the president and his son, Donald Trump Jr., who called Bloomberg's comments "shocking by any reasonable standard of today".

"You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops".

"Yes, that's true", Bloomberg said.

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Being out of step with some European countries could have huge implications in terms of transport, tourism and trade for the UK. The EU would "retain a free hand to take our own decisions". "Brexit can not be business as usual", he told the MEPs.

Also criticizing Bloomberg was Tom Steyer, a fellow billionaire seeking the Democratic nomination.

The stop-and-frisk policy has since been modified, substantially reducing its use by police, after Bloomberg lost a re-election bid in 2013. "The racist stereotypes he uses have no place today, and anyone running for the presidential nomination should disavow them", said Steyer, who has focused on building support from African Americans in South Carolina's February 29 primary.

Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City, is worth an estimated $60 billion.

For Bloomberg, New York police targeting of minorities has loomed as a potentially major obstacle to winning black support.

The billionaire has made a decision to ignore the early states in the nomination process - like Iowa, New Hampshire and SC - and instead saturate his millions in states that vote on Super Tuesday, which will take place on March 3 this election year.

Dixon said earlier this year that he believes Vermont Sen. "I regret that and I have apologized - and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on black and Latino communities".

Trump first quote-tweeted a photoshopped image that portrayed a diminutive Bloomberg standing next to a stack of papers while an oversized president cut symbolic red tape above.

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