— Open mouth. Insert wingtip.
This seems to be former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s strategy for winning the White House.
Unlike former vice president Joe “Gaffe-o-Matic” Biden, none of Bloomberg’s cringe-inducing comments suggests a lack of situational awareness or flickering mental capacity. Bloomberg’s statements are strategically more self-destructive. His most candid thoughts seem to have been custom-tailored to disgust scores of millions of American voters, including core constituencies of the very same Democrat Party that he hopes to lead.
•The 2 million or so Americans in their 90s should be deeply disturbed by Bloomberg’s policy of structured medical neglect for our eldest countrymen. As he told a group of voters on camera:
“If you show up with prostate cancer, and you’re 95 years old, we should say: ‘Go and enjoy. Have a nice time. Lead a long life. There’s no cure, and we can’t do anything.
’ If you’re a young person, we should do something about it. Society’s not willing to do that yet.”
•America boasts about 2.6 million farmers. They surely were appalled to hear how Bloomberg dismissed their diligent, difficult efforts to feed America and Earth:
“I could teach anybody, even the people in this room” how to farm, Bloomberg declared in 2016 at Oxford University. “You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn.”
Who knew that agriculture was such a breeze?
Fox News Channel’s Brit Hume reacted via Twitter: “Bloomberg seems to have acquired his knowledge of farming by watching Hee-Haw
•America’s population of black males, from 16 to 24, is approximately 2.7 million. Similar Hispanics total 4.4 million. What must these 7.1 million Americans think of Bloomberg’s incredibly harsh and insensitive description of the Stop and Frisk program that he oversaw as mayor of New York City?
“Ninety-five percent of your murderers and murder victims fit one M.O. [modus operandi
],” Bloomberg said. “You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops. They are male, minorities, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York, and it’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is.”
“People say, ‘Oh, my God. You are arresting kids for marijuana that [sic] are all minorities.’ Yes, that’s true,” Bloomberg continued. “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 wall and frisk them.”
In 2013, Bloomberg remarked: “I think we disproportionately stop whites too much and minorities too little.”
Yes, plenty of crime happens in black and Hispanic neighborhoods, but not all of it. Nor or all of the 16-25-year-olds in such communities criminals. Many are model citizens. Others strive to be. What an outrage that Bloomberg paints not with a broad brush, but with a roller.
Bloomberg also said in 2011 that there is “this enormous cohort of black and Latino males” who “don’t know how to behave in the workplace” and “don’t have any prospects.”
Wow! How encouraging.
•Approximately 13 million Americans work in manufacturing. They must have been shocked at how casually Bloomberg waved off their productive but tough, often thankless, labor.
“You put the piece of metal in the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow, and you can have a job,” Bloomberg said.
Manufacturing, like farming, Bloomberg claimed, is a snap compared to the information economy which is “built around replacing people with technology.” He explained, “That is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set. You have to have a lot more gray matter.”
Bloomberg’s remarks about those who nourish us and make the products that we enjoy daily were as callous and condescending as this description of his accomplishments:
“How do you make $60 billion? I’ll teach you in 10 seconds: Create a trading terminal. Put it on desks in finance houses around the world. Collect your fees. And then you, too, could have $60 billion and try to buy the White House.”
•Among the 113 million Americans who cast ballots in the 2018 mid-term elections, 53 percent were women. Thus, these roughly 60 million voters should be appalled at the comments that Bloomberg allegedly has made about women.
In Bloomberg’s disastrous first presidential debate, Senator Elizabeth Warren (D – Massachusetts) excoriated him for calling some women “fat broads” and others “horse-faced lesbians.”
“I like theater, dining, and chasing women,” the then-divorced Bloomberg told The Guardian in 1996. “Let me put it this way: I am a single, straight billionaire in Manhattan. What do you think? It’s a wet dream
In a lawsuit, sales executive Sekiko Sakai Garrison accused Bloomberg of telling several saleswomen about a male co-worker who was about to wed. According to Garrison, Bloomberg said: “All of you girls line up to give him [oral sex] as a wedding present.”
The litigation also claimed that Bloomberg eyed particular female employees and said: “I’d fuck that in a second.”
•In 2012, 69.5 million Americans voted for Obama over Republican Mitt Romney. This enormous cohort is likely to think far less of Bloomberg when they hear his words from 2016:
“The second Obama election, I wrote a great backhanded endorsement of Obama saying I thought he hadn’t done the right thing, hadn’t done, hadn’t been good at things that I think are important, and Romney would be a better person
at doing that,” Bloomberg told financiers at Goldman Sachs. “But Romney did not stick with the values that he had when he was governor of Massachusetts.”
These comments are jaw-dropping enough in an op-ed. They would be downright devastating next fall, once GOP campaign strategists work them into TV, radio, and digital ads and robocalls — many with Bloomberg’s own voice uttering these words, most of which were caught on audio and video.
Democrat primary voters should think long and hard before nominating someone so spectacularly equipped with the ordnance for his own detonation.
Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News Contributor, a contributing editor with National Review Online, and a senior fellow with the London Center for Policy Research. Bucknell University’s Michael Malarkey contributed research to this opinion piece.