Mike Bloomberg may have gotten into the Democratic nomination race late, but he’s been gaining steam over the last few weeks. One thing that’s been hurting his momentum is questions about the “stop and frisk” policy he instituted while Mayor of New York.
Back in 2016, Donald Trump praised the initiative saying it’s been great for New York City. In a now deleted tweet, the President called Bloomberg a racist over the measure.
The policy, where New York City police were able to search suspicious persons without prior cause, was extremely unpopular. Studies have found that the police disproportionately target African American and Latino men for searches.
The President tweeted out a video of Bloomberg talking about the policy. He captioned the tweet, “Wow Bloomberg is a total racist.”
But Trump felt very differently in 2016 when he said, “I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically.”
There’s just one little problem with this…
Donald J. Trump in 2016: “I would do stop-and-frisk. I think you have to. We did it in New York, it worked incredibly well and you have to be proactive and, you know, you really help people sort of change their mind automatically,” https://t.co/gVl6iz8vXA
— Abby D. Phillip (@abbydphillip) February 11, 2020
Fox News host Dana Perino called out Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale over the flip-flop. Parscale said of Bloomberg, “I don’t think it’s just about the policy… it was very demeaning, the characterization of minority neighborhoods, he’s in a troubled spot.”
When Perino replied that Trump frequently praised the policy, his campaign manager countered, “I can’t tell you about exactly why he deleted the tweet, but I will tell you it is not about the policy. Listen to that comment, the demeaning, the characterization… that we have to send the least of these neighborhoods because criminals are there.”