Now, the Bloomberg campaign is hitting back.
On Monday, writer and podcaster Benjamin Dixon posted audio from a 2015 appearance by Bloomberg at the Aspen Institute in Colorado where he defends his mayoral administration’s controversial “stop and frisk” policing policies, ruled to be unconstitutional in 2013.
“95 percent of your murders – murderers and murder victims — fit one MO. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all of the cops. They are male, minority, 16 to 25,” Bloomberg said in the audio. “That’s true in New York and virtually every city [inaudible]. That’s where the real crime is.”
“One of the unintended consequences is people say, ‘Oh my God, you’re arresting marijuana that are all minorities,’” Bloomberg continued. “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 wall and frisk them.”
Following the event, Bloomberg had persuaded the Aspen Institute and GrassRootsTV, which filmed the event, not to release footage, although audio was later made public by the Daily Caller.
After years of defending the policy, Bloomberg apologized for stop-and-frisk late last year, shortly before declaring his candidacy for president. “I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong,” Bloomberg said in a November speech at a Brooklyn megachurch. “I was determined to improve police-community relations while at the same time reducing crime even further.”
On Tuesday, Trump tweeted and then quickly deleted the tweet. His campaign manager Brad Parscale said the video was “horrible” and called Bloomberg “a complete racist.”