A 2015 recording of Michael Bloomberg resurfaced Tuesday in which the former New York City Mayor discussed his past support for ‘Stop and Frisk,’ a policy which was already widely considered potentially problematic for his presidential aspirations.
Listen to Bloomberg defend policies at the Aspen Institute just five years ago for which he has since apologized.
Read the full transcript of the recording below.
95% of your murders -- murderers and murder victims -- fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops.
They are male minorities, sixteen to twenty-five. That's true in New York, that's true in virtually every city (inaudible). And, that's where the real crime is. You've got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed.
You want to spend the money on a lot of cops in the streets. Put those cops where the crime is, which means in minority neighborhoods.
So, one of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my god, you are arresting kids for marijuana that are all minorities.’
Yes, that's true. Why? Because we put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes. That's true. Why do we do it? Because that's where all the crime is.
And the way you get the guns out of the kids' hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them. And then they start (inaudible) ‘Oh, I don't want to get caught.’ So they don't bring the gun. They still have a gun, but the leave it at home.
Can you imagine if President Trump, or any Republican candidate for that matter, was caught on tape saying anything near this? The media would go 24-7 coverage for days on end.
Here is more background information on the recording from the original 2015 Daily Caller article by Chuck Ross.
Here’s Audio From The Event Michael Bloomberg Is Trying To Block From Being Broadcast [AUDIO] https://t.co/WP6RKMsTGz— DeepClips (@DeepClips) February 11, 2020
Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale posed an interesting question for Bloomberg Politics in a Tweet on Tuesday: Will they cover this story? It's inarguably relevant to the current primary season as race has been discussed heavily in every Democrat debate. How can they purport to cover politics and not cover this story?