Candidates face the ghost of comments past.
Klobuchar utters “racist” words on immigration.
Bloomberg is the ultimate one-percenter.
AOC chimes in.
(NewsReady.com) – In their bids for the White House, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and former New York City Mayor (and former Republican) Michael Bloomberg are learning something many celebrities and politicians have had to contend with. With the advent of the world wide web, everything a person says, wears, and does is now forever recorded for posterity’s sake.
Part two of the lesson is the fact that somebody will find these sound bites if they know how to dig deep enough.
Case No. 1 — Amy Klobuchar
Klobuchar finished in third place in the New Hampshire Democratic Primary recently. That’s the good news. The bad news is that with more success comes more scrutiny, and with more scrutiny comes more focus on one’s past. And while she’s running as a “moderate” in a party that has taken a sharp left turn since President Trump was elected, some of her past comments and actions could sink a campaign.
A video clip from 2006 of her on the floor of the Minnesota Senate, where she was then serving, records her saying things many Liberals would find offensive and racist today. Back then social media was not the omnipresent force it is today. Now, the rise of the “cancel culture” has led to all sorts of recriminations for long-ago acts. Among her views then:
- She said “that’s not right” in regard to illegal immigrants since there are so many waiting to come to the US legally
- Immigrants should speak English
- Companies hiring illegal aliens should be prosecuted
It’s too soon to tell how much damage this will do to her bid. However, the upcoming primaries in Nevada and South Carolina could be very telling.
Case No. 2 — Michael Bloomberg
Mr. Bloomberg may also have his past come back to haunt him. When he was mayor of NYC he was a Republican, he’s also one of the wealthiest people in the world, having been ranked 8th on the 2019 Forbes 400. That kind of money is anathema to Progressive Liberals. That’s two strikes.
The third strike might come in the form of his defense of a controversial police tactic in the city: stop-and-frisk. The general idea is that a police officer may stop, question, and pat down a person who is, in their opinion, acting suspiciously. In NYC, the data shows that men of color are far more likely to face this process than whites — leading to cries of “institutional racism.” Bloomberg shrugged this off as “unintended consequences.”
AOC, Rep. Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), said of Bloomberg ” [he is] just a billionaire trying to cover up authoritarian and racist policy.” Though she is only a freshman representative, her words seem to carry a weight disproportionate to her status.
It will be intriguing going forward to see how these old comments play out at the ballot boxes. Given the rise of the “woke” members of the Left’s voter-base, it could be very interesting.
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