An audio recording of former New York City mayor and presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg supporting stop-and-frisk has surfaced, CNN reports.
In a 2015 speech, the NYC mayor defended the use of the New York City Police Department practice that targets Black and brown men on the street when they are suspected of possessing weapons and other contraband.
Bloomberg can be heard racially profiling Black men in NYC and encouraging NYPD to look out for specific types of men that fit his perfect criminal profile in the audio.
Audio of @MikeBloomberg’s 2015 @AspenInstitute speech where he explains that “you can just Xerox (copy)” the description of male, minorities 16-25 and hand to cops.— Benjamin Dixon (@BenjaminPDixon) February 10, 2020
Bloomberg had video of speech blocked.
Perhaps because of the problematic explanation he gives for #StopAndFrisk pic.twitter.com/Fm0YCi4ZRy
"You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all of the cops," Bloomberg said in regards to stop-and-frisk. "They are male minorities, 16 to 25. That's true in New York, that's true in virtually any city. And, that's where the real crime is. You've got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed."
It appears that Bloomberg also does not care if minorities, regardless of age, get arrested for drug charges as well. During his speech the former mayor callously mentions minorities being thrown "up against the walls."
"So one of the unintended consequences people will say, 'Oh my God, you're arresting kids for marijuana who are all minorities,'" Bloomberg said. "Yes, that is true. Why? We put all of the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes, that's true. Why did we do it? Because that's where all of the crime is. And, the way we get the guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them."
As expected, President Donald Trump is using the racist audio leak to bash Bloomberg's 2020 presidential candidacy in a now-deleted tweet.
'"WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!," Trump said on Twitter.
The hashtag #BloombergIsARacist is trending and growing momentum on social media, as it does contain the leaked minute-long audio.
Despite Trump unexplainably deleting his original tweet, he did retweet someone else stating that #BloombergIsARacist.
Mini Mike is a short ball (very) hitter. Tiny club head speed. KEEP AMERICA GREAT! https://t.co/5DUj16jtZf— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 11, 2020
Bloomberg has a history of campaigning for the arrests of young minorities long after his mayoral tenure. In 2013, on his weekly radio show, he complained that white people were getting stopped too frequently and that Black people needed to be searched more.
"I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little. It's exactly the reverse of what they say," Bloomberg said, according to the New York Post.
Bloomberg's controversial gun control platform and his role in the war on drugs may have ended his potential. According to RealClearPolitics, Bloomberg is polling in fourth place after former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren.