When former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg entered the Democratic presidential race last year, he is widely unknown to most Americans. But now, as the November election draws ever closer, that is changing. And with it, people are digging up his past and finding some not so pretty skeletons.
As recently as early December, Bloomberg still held those unknown polling numbers, coming in as low as four percent. However, here it is nearing the end of February, a mere two months later, and some polls show him to be in second place both nationally and in early voting states such as Nevada.
A poll released on Tuesday, one from NPR, PBS, and Marist, was the fourth that showed he had obtained at least 10 percent of the Democratic vote, enough to qualify him for the Nevada primary debate.
But it’s not the fact that he qualified so much as that the poll put him within grasp of first place, just 12 points behind Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. And while 12 points is a lot, it can be made up rather quickly in this game.
Then again, that amount or more could just as easily be lost, which might be the case as videos and recordings of the former mayor continue to arise.
As is typical, once a candidate proves that they just might be capable of winning, people get serious about learning who they really are and what they are about. And, in Bloomberg’s case, the digging has begun in earnest.
At the end of last week, the Washington Examiner published an article given to them by a former co-worker of Bloomberg’s, who painted a picture of a very sexist man. He was reported to have made derogatory comments about women, often referring to them as nothing more than objects of flesh to pleasure a man.
In addition, it was noted that on more than one occasion, he spoke of pregnancy as a pointless act that ruined a woman for good. He even told at least one pregnant co-worker that she should “kill it,” referring to the growing child inside of her.
Naturally, Bloomberg has responded to these allegations, not by denying them, but by creating ad after political ad that shows a much more attention and women loving candidate. In these, he purports himself as a man who wants to give more power to women and minorities.
And that brings us to another point of criticism against Mayor Mike: his apparent racism towards blacks and Latinos. He was shown on a 2011 video, during which time he was NYC’s mayor, saying that most young black and Latino men “don’t know how to behave in the workplace.” In addition, he implied in a previous comment that black women were only good for being “nannies” of white children.
Neither his racism or sexism are qualities to look for in a man wanting to be president of the United States.
But that’s far from the end of his flaws. Apparently, he feels he should be able to play God, as well, choosing who lives and who dies. Or at least who receives healthcare and who goes without.
In another 2011 video, he is shown paying his respects to the Segals, a Jewish family in New York who had recently lost their brother after he was reportedly forced to wait in an emergency room for 73 hours.
Discussions of overcrowded hospitals rooms came up. Bloomberg told the family that the solution comes down to cutting costs and deciding who gets treated first. He stated that no one wants to make those kinds of decisions, but they need to be made nonetheless.
“They’ll fix what they can right away. If you’re bleeding, they’ll stop the bleeding. If you need an x-ray, you’re gonna have to wait. All of these costs keep going up. Nobody wants to pay any more money, and, at the rate we’re going, health care is going to bankrupt us.”
He added, “Not only do we have a problem, but we gotta sit here and say which things we’re gonna do and which things we’re not… If you show up with prostate cancer, you’re 95-years-old, we should say, ‘Go and enjoy… Live a long life.’ There’s no cure and there’s nothing we can do. If you’re a young person, we should do something about it.”
This is who Bloomberg is, a man who doesn’t believe everyone is worth the cost of saving their life.