Billionaire Michael Bloomberg is being called out for racial discrimination.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Breitbart reports, has accused Bloomberg of “discriminating on the basis of race” by agreeing to pay the fines for black felons so that they can vote in the general election.
Earlier this year, DeSantis enacted a measure that prevents felons from voting until they pay all fines, restitution, and other legal financial obligations associated with their crimes. That measure has already withstood a legal challenge.
To get around this, Bloomberg, among others, is sending money, upwards of $16 million, to the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition (FRRC). The FRRC then takes that money and uses it to pay the legal debts of felons making it possible for them to vote this November.
In a related memo, Bloomberg wrote that “to win Florida we will need to persuade, motivate and add new votes to the Biden column,” which made what he is doing look a lot like illegal vote-buying.
This led to an investigation by Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, who has also referred the case to the FBI.
Gov. DeSantis recently sat down with Breitbart where, among other things, he discussed what Bloomberg is up to. And, according to DeSantis, what Bloomberg is up to is racial discrimination.
“So what [Michael Bloomberg] wants to do is pay off the fines that the felons owe, but he’s only doing it, he’s basically discriminating on the basis of race, he will not do white felons,” DeSantis said.
DeSantis continued: “He’s trying to focus on African American felons, and so I think people in his orbit were saying, ‘Yeah, we think they’ll vote for Biden if we do it.’”
DeSantis continued by arguing that Bloomberg, in effect, is excluding white people from the voting process.
“When you exclude people on the basis of race, to me that is something that should be verboten — you don’t do it in any way,” DeSantis said. “It’s not like there’s a one-way street, you people based on the content of their character, you don’t do things superficially like that. I think he’s doing it because I think he sees political benefit in doing that. I think he feels that if he did all felons, that the president probably would get a lot of those votes.”
How isn’t what Bloomberg is doing in Florida, at the very least, election interference?