Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has been under fire for racially charged comments that resurfaced from 2015, but he may now be facing other skeletons in his closet.
While the billionaire’s war of words with President Donald Trump escalates as he plunges ahead with his 2020 campaign, eyes are on the former New York City mayor and a story on his “long-alleged history of undermining women” is now catching attention.
Jonathan Chait, a political columnist for New York magazine, linked in a tweet to a 2018 piece in The Atlantic that brought up years of alleged stories about Bloomberg’s disparaging comments and treatment of women.
“I think this is going to be a bigger problem for him than stop and frisk,” Chait tweeted.
Bloomberg is also going to have to answer for his treatment of women. I think this is going to be a bigger problem for him than stop and frisk. https://t.co/sSCuE5FQRQ
— Jonathan Chait (@jonathanchait) February 13, 2020
Bloomberg recently apologized for his administration’s controversial “stop and frisk” policy though he had spent years defending it. Speaking at a predominantly black church in Brooklyn last November, Bloomberg said he didn’t realize the impact the policy, which was later repealed, had on black and Latino communities.
The 2020 hopeful, who is funding his campaign with his personal wealth, came under fire for his about-face and is now facing the heat over the newly-surfaced audio from a 2015 speech he gave to the Aspen Institute where he defended the policy.
2015 audio of Bloomberg touting ‘stop and frisk’ is about to rock his world https://t.co/UIzbAIbMll
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) February 11, 2020
Bloomberg dismissed the remarks as something he said “five years ago” and asserted that it is “not the way that I think.”
But the questions about his mistreatment of women sparked a new wave of criticism.
From The Atlantic:
What is not fully addressed in the Times article, however—and what is not fully explored in the many similar pieces that consider the current iteration of Mike Bloomberg’s presidential ambitions—is a series of stories about him, accumulated over decades, that suggests in the aggregate a distinct pattern when it comes to his treatment of women: reports of disparaging comments made about women’s bodies and appearances. Allegations of a deeply sexist work environment at the company that Bloomberg founded and, for many years, ran. Stories that linger like exhaust in the air every time Mike Bloomberg is mentioned as, potentially, the next president of the United States.
“The stories about Mike Bloomberg, though—stories, told through lawsuits and journalistic accounts, that involve allegations not of physical abuse but of more insidious manifestations of misogyny—ask broader questions about the ways electoral politics and basic morality will continue to tangle with each other as #MeToo marches onward,” writer Megan Garber said in the article.
Former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders noted that as Bloomberg continues in the 2020 race, he will “have serious problems with women and African Americans,” adding that his record and his language are “offensive and atrocious.”
Sarah Sanders says Bloomberg will have serious problems with Women and African Americans. She also says his language is offensive and atrocious pic.twitter.com/bbokyBmjpI
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) February 12, 2020
With no satisfactory conclusion to his contradictory “stop and frisk” positions, an ever-growing Twitter war with Trump and an imploding Democratic party, Bloomberg was called out on Twitter for the latest challenge to his presidential run. Some were so wrapped up in their Trump derangement that they were angry at the spotlight being aimed at him.
Enough already! This Corporate funded Media is so not getting it. Trump is a serious threat to our National Security & freedoms,yet you morons want to bring up anything that hurts our candidates.
— Randy Freisinger (@RandyFreisinge1) February 13, 2020
Bloomberg has NOT been vetted. The MSM needs to vet him
— DrSquishy (@DrSquishy) February 13, 2020
If sanders had said this, would be nonstop news coverage for weeks.
— NJ1990 (@yankees0606) February 13, 2020
Pros: Hates Trump, has money to spend, hires strong talent. Cons: Everything else.
— Adam (@acs236) February 13, 2020
Mike Bloomberg is fighting for the CENTRIST wing of the KKK!
— snarkworthy (@snarkworthy) February 13, 2020
Do we need to rank Bloomberg’s baggage?
— Louis Kersten (@louisvk) February 13, 2020
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