Michael Bloomberg Appeared To Blame Obama For Racial Division In 2016

Written by on February 14, 2020

Although Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg has been enjoying up his relationship with Barack Obama in his current marketing campaign adverts, the billionaire as soon as blamed the previous president for letting racial division thrive. 

Throughout a November 2016 talking occasion at Oxford College in England, the previous New York Metropolis mayor prompt that Obama had failed to deal with problems with racial segregation:

I might argue that as we speak we’re extra segregated, in America actually, than we had been, when it comes to race, than we had been a dozen years in the past, and but we’re simply ending up eight years with our first Black president. “Why are we extra separated than we had been earlier than?” is the query you’ve obtained to ask your self. Why throughout the Obama administration didn’t we pull collectively? Ask the president. That’s his job actually to tug individuals collectively.

 You possibly can take heed to the remarks round minute 54 within the video under. 

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These important feedback from 2016 throw a little bit of a wrench within the picture of his and Obama’s relationship that Bloomberg’s marketing campaign has tried to push. A Bloomberg advert that started circulating Feb. 5 facilities completely on previous supportive feedback Obama has made in regards to the candidate, together with one praising him for bringing individuals collectively. 

“At a time when Washington is split in previous ideological battles, he reveals us what might be achieved after we convey individuals collectively to hunt pragmatic options,” Obama is quoted as saying within the advert. The previous president has not made any endorsement within the 2020 Democratic major. 

When requested if Bloomberg stands by his 2016 remarks, his spokesperson Julie Wooden mentioned, “Whereas Mike has by no means been shy to critique Washington dysfunction or partisan division, he believes that President Obama confirmed extraordinary management within the White Home.”

A spokesperson for Obama didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. 

Bloomberg made a late entrance into the presidential race in November and rapidly got here beneath hearth for his outsize spending on promoting, with many accusing him of making an attempt to purchase his means into the Oval Workplace. Although he hasn’t been competing within the early major and caucus states, he dropped greater than $300 million on adverts in January alone.

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