Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign turns to freakish Instagram memes

Mike Bloomberg's presidential campaign turns to freakish Instagram memes

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said Thursday that Democratic presidential candidate and businessman Michael Bloomberg is "just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy" if he does not commit to providing relief to those ensnared by the racist stop and frisk policy he supported as mayor of New York City.

On Tuesday, an audio recording ricocheted around social media of Bloomberg defending use of the controversial "stop-and-frisk" tactic by police during a 2015 appearance at the Aspen Institute.

We want to spend a lot of money, put a lot of cops in the street, put those cops where the crime is, which is in the minority neighborhoods.

Opponents of the policy note that the stop-and-frisk searches mostly targeted people of colour, and were thus racially biased. "I wouldn't have begged for forgiveness", he said.

Campaign spokesperson Stu Loeser said Bloomberg "attacked predatory lending" as mayor and, if elected president, has a plan to "help a million more black families buy a house, and counteract the effects of redlining and the subprime mortgage crisis".

Here are some more Instagram posts from the Bloomberg campaign's partnership.

An example of the campaign is a post the @f-kjerry published on Wednesday, in which Bloomberg said his "granddaughter showed" him the account before he compliments its "very humorous" memes. Both have received a number of prominent African American endorsements and have been holding campaign events specifically aimed at the black community. The racist stereotypes he uses have no place today, and anyone running for the presidential nomination should disavow them.

On Thursday, Democratic rival Elizabeth Warren criticized Bloomberg for suggesting the end of redlining caused the crash. Businessman Tom Steyer, another Democratic presidential candidate, called the comments "extremely disturbing" and said that Bloomberg needs to provide an explanation to those who were affected by stop and frisk.

"Mini Mike is a 5'4" mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians.

Campaign chair Michael Nutter acknowledged that Bloomberg may face more scrutiny over his record as mayor, but framed it as a byproduct of his strong record of getting things done.

In response, Bloomberg's campaign said that "the President is lying and that he "is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan". Trump deleted that tweet, then posted another one, insulting Bloomberg for his stature and golf swing, and wittingly or unwittingly retweeting the #BloombergIsRacist hashtag.

The following day, Bloomberg tweeted again: "Donald Trump is the world's biggest schoolyard bully - with no respect for civility or decency, or facts or honesty". Bloomberg issued a statement Tuesday saying, "I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused".

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