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Opinion Michael Bloomberg should take his billions and go home

19:55  13 february  2020
19:55  13 february  2020 Source:   bostonherald.com

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Michael Bloomberg wearing a suit and tie: FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla. They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling depictions of one another. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things. President Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg could hardly be more different as people but now they both want the same job: Trump’s. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)© Provided by Boston Herald FILE – In this Jan. 19, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks at the Greenwood Cultural Center in Tulsa, Okla. They are circling each other like wary boxers, with taunts on Twitter, snarky asides and belittling depictions of one another. They rose to prominence in Manhattan on parallel tracks, amassed wealth real and perceived and displayed a penchant for putting their names on things. President Donald Trump and Mike Bloomberg could hardly be more different as people but now they both want the same job: Trump’s. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

Just when you thought the Democratic presidential field couldn’t get anymore pathetic, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg enters the race representing everything the Democratic Party supposedly stands against.

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Billionaire capitalist? Check.

A white elitist using his hefty bank account to buy his way into a presidential election? Check.

Someone who engaged in racial profiling while NYC mayor? Check.

But that’s not all. A newly leaked audio tape surfaced this week of Bloomberg speaking at a 2015 event in Aspen where he admitted to targeting young black men and people of color while mayor.

Trigger warning — what you’re about to read is extremely disturbing and should disqualify Bloomberg from running for president.

“Ninety-five percent of murders, murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. You can just take a description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops,” Bloomberg told the Aspen Institute. “They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city (inaudible).”

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He continued, “One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Why do we do it? Because that’s where all the crime is.”

It’s no wonder U.S. prisons are disproportionately overpopulated with minorities — it’s due in part to troubling policies deployed by politicians like Michael Bloomberg and others. This includes Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who voted for the passage of the 1994 Crime Bill under former President Bill Clinton which contributed to the mass incarceration of a generation of black men.

Sanders has since said he regrets voting for the controversial bill. Bloomberg has also apologized for not curtailing “Stop and Frisk” sooner than he did while mayor.

Too little, too late for all the young black men and their families whose lives were destroyed by both.

At the Aspen Institute event, Bloomberg said, “You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of people that are getting killed. And the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them …”

Not surprisingly, the billionaire businessman’s representatives tried to stop the tape from being released. It triggered cringeworthy headlines this week and the hashtag #BloombergIsARacist that went viral on social media with many calling for his withdrawal from the presidential race.

Not a minute too soon.

Adriana Cohen is a nationally syndicated columnist and TV commentator. See adrianacohen.com

Twitter suspends 70 accounts posting pro-Bloomberg content .
Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign has been much shorter than his competitors and, so far, much louder. With a huge budget, it's paid for posts by social media influencers as well as standard advertisements. However, the LA Times reports that on Friday, Twitter suspended some 70-odd accounts for breaking its rules against "against platform manipulation and spam." According to Twitter, this wasn't just a ban impacting some full-on bots, but it wiped out accounts sending out identical pro-Bloomberg messages. One shown in the tweet read, "A President Is Born: Barbra Streisand sings Mike's praises. Check out her tweet.

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