Recently unearthed video and audio recordings of Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg are raising eyebrows on both sides of the political aisle.
In a 2011 interview, for instance, Bloomberg can be heard opining that many black and Hispanic males “don’t know how to behave in the workplace.” Watch:
Wow these Bloomberg videos just keep getting worse don’t they.
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) February 17, 2020
“There’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males, age, let’s say, 16 to 25, that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace where they have to work collaboratively and collectively,” he said.
Those words prompted liberal journalist Glenn Greenwald to ask, “For Bloomberg supporters (or those of you who, deep down, know you will be but aren’t prepared to come out of the closet yet), a genuine question: Do you disbelieve that a huge portion of the left will refuse to vote for him, or do you believe he can win despite that?”
One of many examples
This isn’t the first time that video footage has emerged of Bloomberg making extremly controversial statements. Last week, audio surfaced in which the former New York City mayor declared that the way to disarm minorities is to “throw them up against the wall and frisk them.”
Bloomberg made those statements in 2015 during an appearance at the Aspen Institute. His campaign has since asked the organization not to disseminate the footage, a request that it has honored.
“We basically honor the wishes of our speakers, and Mayor Bloomberg preferred that we not use the video for broadcast,” Jim Spiegelman, chief external affairs office of the nonprofit think tank told the Aspen Times.
“He did not give a reason, nor did we have any reason to ask for one. We often feature speakers who prefer that their presentations not be videotaped,” Spiegelman added.
History of disrespect
In yet another leak, Bloomberg can be heard suggesting to an audience at the University of Oxford Saïd Business School in 2016 that farmers are not particularly intelligent people:
I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that.”
What’s more, alarming comments that Bloomberg is said to have made to female employees in the past have come to the forefront once again.
Sekiko Garrison was employed by Bloomberg’s financial data firm when she filed a sexual harassment lawsuit agaist Bloomberg L.P. back in 1997. Among other claims, Garrison says the media mogul told her to “kill it” when she announced that she was expecting a child.
According to the court filings, Bloomberg was allegedly angry that too many women had taken maternity leave. He later settled with Garrison, but has continued to be dogged by allegations of sexual harassment and misogyny in the workplace.