Bloomberg ‘Oppo’ Files Open, as He Surges to Democrats’ Second
Feb. 18, 2020 (EIRNS)—The opposition research files on Michael Bloomberg began systematically floating through U.S. media and social media on Feb. 17, following some initial entries last week. Polling also released yesterday shows Bloomberg now in second place in the battle for the Democratic nomination, just behind Bernie Sanders.
The would-be American Bonaparte was portrayed on various archival videos in his own words:
• Defending “Stop and Frisk,” by declaring that the only way to get guns out of the hands of young Blacks and Hispanics was to “throw them against the wall and frisk them,” and claiming that all crime in New York City occurred in Black and Hispanic neighborhoods, requiring you to put all the police there, you can just xerox the description of all criminals as 18- to 25-year-old Black males and simply hand it to the police;
• Stating that anyone could be a farmer or a lathe operator and that he could teach someone how to do this quickly, but that what he called “technology” in the new economy required “more gray matter” than those now-obsolete professions that require no intelligence;
• Telling a group of Jewish mourners with whom he was sitting shiva that “healthcare is going to bankrupt our country.” Instead, he proposed, as an example, that a 95-year-old with prostate cancer should be denied treatment and that the country had to find the guts to tell the elderly they weren’t going to be treated.
• Then, a major Washington Post article published Sunday profiles of the non-disclosure agreements from women lurking in the background of Bloomberg LP, the company women employees characterized as a “predators’ playground.” A woman, announcing her pregnancy to her boss, Bloomberg, was asked, “Are you going to kill it?” When she said, no, he said, “Great that’s number 16,” meaning the number of women to whom he had to offer maternity benefits. He also, according to the same Post story, questioned a young mother’s inability to find a nanny with the following: “It’s a fucking baby! All it does is eat and shit! It doesn’t know the difference between you and anyone else! All you need is some Black who doesn’t even have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building!”
There will be more, which is why when Bloomberg has previously toyed with running, he ultimately pulled up short. What is lost is why this is happening now—the country is divided on class lines, and the working and lower middle classes are in revolt; the elites are desperate to impose their bankers’ dictatorship ahead of the next financial reckoning, and to defeat President Donald Trump. The oligarchs are both reckless and brutally determined to meet their goal.