Today’s quote comes to us from multi-multi-multi billionaire (over $50 billion worth), former three time Mayor of New York City, and current possible (no formal announcement yet) Democrat presidential hopeful, Michael Bloomberg.
While Mayor, Mr. Bloomberg was an avid proponent of the “stop and frisk” law enforcemen – which Black and Latino residents characterized as racist, because it was used disproportionately for them/disproportionately less for White residents.
You might or might not agree with “stop and frisk” as a tool, or whether its usage was racist in nature. And, given the disproportionate percentage of crime committed in New York by Black and Latinos, mostly young men, a reasonably good argument can be made for both sides.
But there is no argument about Mr. Bloomberg’s coimmitment to the procedure, and his vehement defense of it after leaving office…
…until he decided he wanted to be President, that is.
And now? Here is what he said last Sunday, while speaking at a primarily Black church:
“Because of the number of stops of innocent people, because it had been so high, resentment had built up. We eroded what we had worked so hard to build: trust. Trust between police and communities, trust between you and me.
“And the erosion of that trust bothered me deeply. And it still bothers me. And I want to earn it back. . . .
“I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand that back then — the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino community. . . . I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong. And I am sorry.”
You, apparently, are supposed to believe this didn’t occur to him during his 12 years as mayor, or during the 6 years after he left.
You are also supposed to believe – amazing coincidence here – it now occurs to him, when he would need massive Black support to win the Democrat presidential nod and, then, the general election.
The pandering is so thick you couldn’t cut it with a knife. You’d need one of those electric slicing machines Zabar’s uses to cut their pastrami. And the amount of grease in those words would make the pastrami look dry by comparison.
I award Michael Bloomberg Quote Of The Day “honors” for showing us that even a $50 billion dollar fortune does not cure a severe case of political pandering BS.