American billionaire and former mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg, a possible rival of U.S. President Donald Trump in the elections in 2020, was accused of discrimination of racial minorities. The businessman was reminded of the presenter of political podcasts Benjamin Dixon, reports The Post Millenial.
Dixon released previously unknown audio recordings with excerpts from Bloomberg’s speech. He allegedly spoke to 400 students at the Aspen Institute in 2015 and described why police powers had been expanded in New York, allowing them to act on the “stop and search” principle. His words were edited after the event. “95 percent of murderers and murder victims (…) match one description. (…) These are men, minorities, 16 to 25 years old. This is true for New York City, it is true for almost every city,” he says.
“We have placed all the cops in minority areas. (…) It’s true. Why are we doing this? Because that’s where all the crimes happen,” the billionaire said. The Post Millenial recalls that the former mayor has previously been criticized repeatedly for his policies of racial discrimination.
In January, Bloomberg said it was willing to spend a billion dollars on the election campaign.
Bloomberg is the founder and owner of the Bloomberg news agency and one of the richest people in the world, with an estimated fortune of more than $50 billion. He was mayor of New York From 2002 to 2013. In 2008, the billionaire initiated a change in city laws that allowed him to serve three terms instead of two. During the 2016 presidential race, the businessman endorsed Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.