We don’t have much use for Michael Bloomberg’s efforts to turn New York City into a nanny state where you can’t buy a 2-liter of Coke. We’re even less impressed by his constant attempts to spend so much money that he burns a hole in the Second Amendment. On virtually every issue, Bloomberg is wrong, and while his tenure as president might be less destructive than Bernie Sanders’, he’s not a guy that we would like to see in the White House – especially if the alternative is Donald Trump.
But to give credit where credit is due, the guy certainly presided over a safer New York City than his successor, the pathetic communist Bill de Blasio. And part of what made the streets safer during the Bloomberg reign was that he let the cops do their job the way it should be done.
Unfortunately for the billionaire, stop-and-frisk policies don’t cut it in our current maddening environment, where the phony theory of “intersectionalism” has turned everyone left of center into blithering morons. So when Bloomberg entered the 2020 race, it was this policy that he disavowed first.
But before 2020, there was 2015. And that year’s Bloomberg had no problem defending his policies: “Ninety-five percent 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, 16 to 25. That’s true in New York. That’s true in virtually every city. 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.”
That audio surfaced this week, and now Bloomberg is under fire from Republicans, Democrats, and everyone in between. The charge (of course) is that he’s a racist.
On Wednesday, Bloomberg tried to salvage his campaign rom the fire.
“I inherited the police practice of stop-and-frisk, and as part of our effort to stop gun violence it was overused,” Bloomberg said. “By the time I left office, I cut it back by 95%, but I should’ve done it faster and sooner. I regret that and I have apologized — and I have taken responsibility for taking too long to understand the impact it had on Black and Latino communities.
“But this issue and my comments about it do not reflect my commitment to criminal justice reform and racial equity,” he continued. “I believe we need to end mass incarceration and during my tenure we reduced incarceration by 40% and juvenile confinement by more than 60%. We created the Young Men’s Initiative to help young men of color stay on track for success, which President Obama built on to create My Brother’s Keeper. And we overhauled a school system that had been neglecting and underfunding schools in Black and Latino communities for too long.”
Terrific. But the truth is that you can do all of that stuff and still admit the reality of the world, which is that you have to put your police into the communities where crimes are being committed. “Stop-and-frisk” may be ugly…but it also works. And it’s no more racist than pulling the Muslim with the bushy beard out of line at the airport for extra screening. It’s common sense.
We couldn’t care less if Bloomberg’s campaign implodes tomorrow, but the nonstop “you’re a racist” crap that gets thrown at anyone who doesn’t Speak the Narrative is getting really old.