Republican Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg found himself in hot water after a clip resurfaced of him defending his racist stop-and-frisk policy. In 2013 a District Court Judge ruled that the policy, which explicitly targeted African-American males, was unconstitutional.
According to Bloomberg, this was by design. In remarks the former mayor made in 2015, Bloomberg said, “95% of your murders — murderers and murder victims — fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it, and pass it out to all the cops.” He specified that the people who matched this profile were “male minorities, 16 to 25.”
Bloomberg also claimed that “the way you get the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against the wall and frisk them.” In a now-deleted tweet, President Trump called Bloomberg a “TOTAL RACIST.” In 2013 Trump defended stop-and-frisk, tweeting that the policy “works” and that New Yorkers should thank NYPD Chief Ray Kelly for “keeping NY safe.”
While the billionaire has been heavily criticized for this — and his history of misogyny and Islamophobia — the white supremacist hosts of The Daily Shoah claimed that Bloomberg would fit in at white nationalist conferences.
After stating matter-of-factly that everyone “knows about black people being dumb,” co-host Mike “Enoch” Peinovich said that Bloomberg “could’ve been a friggin’ guest speaker at AmRen” — “AmRen” is short for “American Renaissance,” a white nationalist outlet founded by Jared Taylor which holds annual conferences.
In fact, Peinovich said, Bloomberg “actually talks tougher … about blacks” than the people at American Renaissance, including Taylor. “The funny thing is, he talks tougher than Jared Taylor does,” Peinovich said. Co-host Jesse Dunstan, doing his best impersonation of Taylor, said, “I would never throw them up against the wall.”
Meanwhile, on American Renaissance’s official podcast — hosted by Taylor and white supremacist Michael J. Thompson — defended Bloomberg’s statements. Taylor called the statistics cited by Bloomberg “absolute spot-on” and lamented the fact that “so-called conservatives piled on” the candidate for his comments.
Taylor said President Trump’s short-lived condemnation was the “most disgusting,” while Thompson called it an “embarrassing moment.” They also brought up a 2013 tweet by Trump in which he said crimes committed by black and Hispanic people “must be discussed,” and complained that he has not yet discussed it as President.
Later Thompson asked “how many black lives” Bloomberg “saved” with stop-and-frisk — implying that the racist policy was a social good. Still, he went on to call Bloomberg a “horribly anti-white candidate” over his stance on gun control and immigration. And Taylor said on an episode of Patriotic Weekly Review that he will still vote for Trump this year.
But Peinovich, Taylor, and Thompson weren’t the only white nationalists to offer some praise for Bloomberg. On Twitter, white nationalist Richard Spencer — who declared “Hail Trump!” at a gathering in 2016 — wrote, “If you define your outlook with terms like ‘race realism’ or express concern over ‘demographics,’ then I must ask, unironically, is Mike Bloomberg not your man?”