Donald Trump Jr. appeared on the Fox channel with Sean Hannity and talked about the newly resurfaced comments made by former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
In 2015 Mike Bloomberg gave a speech to the Aspen Institute and defended his strategy of aggressively policing minority neighborhoods.
A tape recording of that speech has come to light and Bloomberg, now running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, was heard discussing crime and minorities.
At one point, Bloomberg is heard justifying the policy he implemented as mayor known as stop-and-frisk.
Bloomberg said, “Put the cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.”
Many people including Trump Jr. are blasting Bloomberg for the comments they heard on the tape.
From Fox News:
Trump told Sean Hannity on Wednesday that the 77-year-old media mogul’s comments were “terrible” and that they are another example of the dichotomy between Bloomberg and Trump’s father, President Trump.
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In an audio clip of the 2015 speech Bloomberg gave to the Aspen Institute, the billionaire acknowledged that “stop and frisk” targeted minority “kids” whom cops must throw “up against the wall” to disarm.
The Aspen Times reported at the time that Bloomberg representatives asked the Institute not to distribute footage of his appearance.
“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,” he said.
“They are male, minorities, [aged] 16-25. That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every 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.”
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“The Bloomberg comments were terrible,” Trump Jr. said. “We are not even talking about the policy: just the way he spoke about those kids — those people. It was like they were subhuman to him.”
“Again, you can argue about policy, but that was disgusting.”
He later added that Bloomberg’s comments — no matter whether he has recently apologized — were stated in a way that made the folks he spoke about “were not equal to him and his … peers.”
“That is the difference between him and Donald Trump. Donald Trump understands real people.”
Omg! Leaked audio of Mike Bloomberg talking about the high crime rates among urban minorities.
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) February 11, 2020
All the money in the world can’t undo this
“The way you get guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall.” pic.twitter.com/t4k0jRVJRR
— Brad Parscale – Text TRUMP to 88022 (@parscale) February 11, 2020