Michael Bloomberg, Billionaire and former Mayor of New York City, has been running for president since November 2019. While currently moving forward in the polls he has recently come under attack regarding his controversial stop-and-frisk policies applied primarily in minority communities through the New York burrows.
As reported by Reuters: “Bloomberg has long struggled with the legacy of the ‘stop-and-frisk’ policing policy he used as mayor of New York, which encouraged police to stop and search pedestrians and ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos.”
The right is also conflicted, on the one hand they oppose Bloomberg as a democrat and support the constitutional rights of indi8viduals, on the other hand, they tend toward giving authoritarian leeway toward the police.
“There are some legitimate civil liberties concerns about [‘stop-and-frisk’], although living in a city the size of New York comes with some loss of personal freedoms. But the application of [‘stop-and-frisk’] was not motivated by race, it was motivated by policing where the crime is. It’s was what Thomas Sowell called disparity rather than discrimination… There are electoral reasons conservatives might want to help paint Bloomberg as racist, even if they don’t really believe it… This trolly approach with its healthy dose of schadenfreude is understandable, but it’s also wrong. The larger opportunity here is to use this incident to expose how irrational leftist definitions of racism are.”David Marcus, The Federalist
Although some democrats see Bloomberg as a legitimate contender to the current President-elect and therefore desire to overlook this heresy, much of the left sees this position as antithetical with the party of inclusivity; CNN even published an opinion piece titled: “This Should Disqualify Mike Bloomberg.”.
“‘Ninety-five percent of murders, murderers and murder victims’ are male minorities between 16 to 25, Bloomberg [said in 2015]. This is actually not true — not in New York City, and not nationwide… Lots of Democrats made significant mistakes in the 1990s when it came to being tough on crime — mistakes that were readily apparent by the mid-2000s. [But] You cannot be the leader of a diverse, justice-oriented party when you said, just a few years ago — well after we well knew just how damaging over-policing and mass incarceration are — that ‘the way you get the guns out of the kid’s hands is to throw them up against the walls and frisk them.’”Jill Filipovic, CNN