Mike Bloomberg In 2016: Uneducated Young People Support Bernie Sanders
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Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg is doing his best to buy the Democratic presidential nominee, but his campaign has been rocked in recent weeks by a slew of recently unearthed clips of him making horrendous comments.
In a recently resurfaced clip, Bloomberg claimed in 2016 that Sen. Bernie Sanders only has the support of young people across the nation because they do not understand what he wants to implement.
In other words, Bloomberg implied young people who support Sanders are uneducated.
The resurfaced footage came from a December 2016 discussion Bloomberg had at Oxford University’s Saïd School of Business, where he discussed an array of topics including socialism, Sanders, and President Donald Trump.
I don’t mean to knock young people — I wish I was one again — but young people listened to [Bernie Sanders] and they said, ‘Yeah, Democratic: That’s good. Socialism: Yeah, that’s that social media stuff.’ Because our kids no longer learn civics in school, they longer study Western history, they no longer read Western literature.
“We are trying to change and dumb down the system and if you don’t know what happened in the past you’re going to have to relive it,” Bloomberg continued.
Bloomberg went on to express his opinions about Sanders and socialism, saying “We’ve tried socialism, it doesn’t work.” He said:
The solution to our problems is more open borders not closed borders. The solution to our problems is to improve education, not to try to penalize people because they are successful. If you don’t have successful people you’re never going to have the wherewithal to support to help those who are not. We’ve tried socialism, it doesn’t work.
Bloomberg then claimed it is “extremists” who are going to shape political culture:
It’s very dangerous, the world we’re going into. You see both the left and the right coming up here, and the middle is getting unfortunately not listened to anymore and it’s the extremists that are going to shape the political culture if we’re not careful going forward.
“And we’ve had extremism before, particularly on this continent, and it didn’t work out very well,” Bloomberg concluded.
Asked whether he still stands by his 2016 statements, Bloomberg spokesperson Stu Loeser said, “The Bernie who ran in 2016 called himself a truth-teller. Even Bernie wouldn’t honestly say that about himself anymore — let alone his allies.”
Earlier this month, a resurfaced clip showed Bloomberg smearing blacks and Latinos by claiming they don't know how to act in the workplace.
“Bloomberg noted that he had donated $30 million from his foundation to Open Society Foundations, the network established by liberal billionaire financier George Soros, toward the new plan to enhance employment among minorities,” Fox News’ Gregg Re reported. “Taxpayers and Soros himself contributed to the jobs initiative, which set up job recruitment centers in public housing projects, placed probation centers in ‘high-risk’ areas, and linked black and Latino success in schools to Department of Education ‘progress reports.'”
“Blacks and Latinos score terribly in school testing compared to whites and Asians. If you look at our jails, it’s predominantly minorities,” Bloomberg said, later noting that “virtually all” perpetrators of crime were those in the minority community.
Bloomberg also said, “But, nevertheless, there’s this enormous cohort of black and Latino males aged, let’s say, 16 to 25 that don’t have jobs, don’t have any prospects, don’t know how to find jobs, don’t know that the — what their skill sets are, don’t know how to behave in the workplace, where they have to work collaboratively and collectively."