Just as Mike Bloomberg gained a foothold among African-American voters, Trevor Noah turned his attention to the former mayor of New York City and what could be the biggest hurdle in trying to win the Democratic primary.
After we briefly discussed the big Twitter fight that hit the headlines on Thursday, it became Daily show Host said Donald Trump’s mockery is currently “Mike Bloomberg’s least problem”, while “the real threat to Bloomberg’s campaign is his past”.
Noah naturally referred to a number of recently unearthed audio and video clips in which Bloomberg defends the controversial police tactic “Stop and Frisk” and even goes as far as to say that it was directed against minorities.
“Wow, that doesn’t look good,” replied the host. “While Bloomberg is out there trying to win the black voice in 2020, he’s on tape in 2015 talking about black people as if they were criminal piñatas.” Noah predicted that the comments would “definitely hurt” the candidate with the black voters, “just as you would lose the white voters if you found out that pets are not the same as babies.”
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Noah was no longer impressed by Bloomberg’s attempts to respond to the scandal. “It was five years ago,” the candidate said at a recent press conference. “And you know, it’s just not what I think and it doesn’t reflect what I do every day.”
“Of course it doesn’t reflect what you do every day,” replied the host. “You are no longer the mayor. Nobody believes that you stop and search black people in your personal time. Mostly because you cannot reach their pockets.”
As for his apology that it was five years ago, Noah asked, “What difference is that supposed to make for you?” He imagined Bloomberg saying, “Look, five years ago, I was just a 72-year-old man, I didn’t know better. I’m much older now, which automatically makes you less racist.”
“As much as Bloomberg is now trying to reposition itself because it needs the support of black voters,” he added, “he encouraged his police department to treat black people as if they were all criminals.”
Noah ended by stating that despite Bloomberg’s mitigation efforts, “Reporters won’t let go of this story. They keep bothering him at events, asking him about his motives and just trying to find something that he did wrong. It must be so frustrating for him. And I say, Mike Bloomberg, welcome to the world of Stop and Frisk. “
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