In 2015 Mike Bloomberg, the former Mayor of New York City, 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 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 are blasting Bloomberg for the comments they heard on the tape.
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Breitbart News reported the speech at the time, in which Bloomberg pushed the idea of cities taking the initiative on instituting and enforcing the gun bans.
The Aspen Times quoted Bloomberg as saying: “Cities need to get guns out of [the]… hands” of individuals who are “male, minority, and between the ages of 15 and 25.”
The full audio of the speech further revealed the racially-charged tone of Bloomberg’s comments, wherein he bluntly said of young minorities, “throw them against the wall and frisk them,” and admitted “we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods…. [b]ecause that’s where all the crime is.”
Clips from the speech went viral Tuesday morning thanks to social media posts from President Donald Trump’s campaign and associates, such as the president’s son Donald Trump Jr.
Trump himself shared the clip from his official Twitter account, writing, “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!”
However, at the time of this writing, that post has been deleted.
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