Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg is facing significant backlash for essentially calling American farmers stupid and unskilled, and as it turns out, the feeling is mutual.
Three farmers joined Fox and Friends Tuesday to sound off on the New York billionaire after he dismissed their profession as easy work that “anybody” can learn, Fox News reported. American agricultural workers have made clear that they think Bloomberg, who has never farmed, is the ignorant one.
“Well, I think it’s quite absurd considering the man probably couldn’t drop a quarter in a bubblegum machine and get something out – much less a seed core,” soybean farmer Sid Rodgers said.
“Out of context”
Bloomberg, who is one of the wealthiest men in the world, has faced criticism that he is trying to buy the Democratic Party nomination as he makes a surprising, late rise in the polls. The former mayor of New York City has also been criticized as arrogant, out of touch and even bigoted, as controversial comments from his past keep resurfacing.
In 2016, Bloomberg gave a life-long urbanite’s concept of what farming entails in a speech at Oxford University: “It’s a process. You dig a hole, put a seed in, put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”
Bloomberg has claimed that the comments were taken “out of context,” but it hasn’t fooled anyone who is not on his payroll. Many have said that Bloomberg’s comments were not only offensive, but that they betrayed the very ignorance Bloomberg was trying to project onto American farmers. Sizemore Farms co-owner John Sizemore said he was “amazed at Bloomberg’s ignorance” of what farmers really do.
“I was absolutely outraged and disheartened that Bloomberg could be so out of touch with American farmers,” fourth-generation farmer Mary Blackmon said.
Bloomberg campaign unapologetic
Bloomberg has also faced criticism for demeaning comments toward women and his defense of New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy, which critics have charged is racist toward blacks and Hispanics. The candidate has apologized for stop-and-frisk, but his campaign has responded to the farming controversy by instead accusing his rivals of disinformation.
According to the New York Post, Bloomberg spokesperson Kevin Sheeky accused Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT), the Democrats’ current frontrunner, of taking a play out of Trump’s book when his supporters shared the video:
It’s a shameful turn of events to see Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump deploy the very same attacks and tactics against Mike, but the reason is clear. At this point, the primary is Bernie’s to lose, and ours to win. Bernie knows this. Trump knows this. That’s why they are united in the campaign against Mike.
But one doesn’t need more “context” to know what is already apparent. Bloomberg is a megalomaniac who thinks he can buy his way to the Oval Office with millions of dollars worth of advertisements. So far, it kind of seems to be working.
The candidate’s poll numbers have been rising, and he is now in third place nationally according to RealClearPolitics. He will get his first real test in a debate in Nevada Wednesday night after qualifying at the last minute thanks to an NPR poll that placed him in second, with 19% support, just behind Sanders.
Indeed, one would think that Bloomberg believes that immigrants are morally superior to American citizens already living in the country from the way he speaks of them. The candidate said in November that America needs immigrants “to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs — improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue and certainly improve our economy.”
Bloomberg clearly looks down on Americans, and is largely indifferent to their interests. It all begs the question of exactly why he wants to be president.