Hours after New York magazine published its interview with Michael Bloomberg — in which the sitting mayor of New York City called Democratic mayoral front-runner Bill de Blasio “racist” for campaigning with his family — de Blasio appeared at a Brooklyn rally to dismiss Bloomberg’s bizarre accusation: “I hope he’ll realize that it was inappropriate.” De Blasio’s wife Chirlane McCray later tweeted at the mayor, “I am not property or a tool to be used or controlled.” Indeed, it turns out the real racist — under Bloomberg’s terms — is Bloomberg himself.
Andrew Kaczynski at BuzzFeed documents how, as a mayoral candidate in 2001 and 2005, Bloomberg frequently deployed his own Jewish heritage, calling himself “Mike the Mensch” at campaign events and swamping Jewish neighborhoods with pamphlets containing photos of him wearing a yarmulke.
Is that racist? Well, in the same interview, Bloomberg told New York that de Blasio showing up with his family at campaign events “is comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote.” So yes, if (and only if) you are Mike Bloomberg.
Watch de Blasio and his family respond to Bloomberg’s comments below:
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