17 Jan

A List of Things Bloomberg Actually Said About Fat People, Rape, George W. Bush etc.

A List of Things Bloomberg Actually Said About Fat People, Rape, George W. Bush, and J.Lo

The billionaire’s long history of contradictions, gaffes, and self-owns, in his own words.

Michael Bloomberg

Bob Daemmrich/ZUMA Wire

To call Michael Bloomberg’s campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination unorthodox would be an understatement. The former New York mayor is skipping the early voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. He’s not accepting individual donations—instead spending $200 million of his own money in just the first two months of his campaign—and consequently he’s also skipping the debates, whose criteria for inclusion require a certain number of donors.

And then there’s the matter of his record. Over two decades in politics, Bloomberg, a self-described fiscal conservative and social liberal, has switched his party affiliation three times and defied the Democratic party’s base on key issues. His history of degrading comments about women, meanwhile, has dogged him throughout his political career.

As the mogul prepares to reissue his 1997 memoir, Bloomberg by Bloomberg, here’s the candidate in his own words:

On political parties (1998):

“I have always been a registered Democrat.” (source)

On political parties (2001):

“Well, the Republican Party called me, asked me to run. I’ve been endorsed by almost all local Republican government officials and party leaders. And I agree with the Republican values of those inclusive Republicans like the mayor, like the governor. And I’m very comfortable in running as a Republican, and I will stay a Republican long after this election.” (source)

On political parties (2007):

“I have filed papers with the New York City Board of Elections to change my status as a voter and register as unaffiliated with any political party. Although my plans for the future haven’t changed, I believe this brings my affiliation into alignment with how I have led and will continue to lead our city.” (source)

On political parties (2018):

“Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat—I had been a member for most of my life—because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs.” (source)

On his ideology:

“I actually am a conservative—more so than other conservatives in the sense that I think you could go and cut 2 or 3 percent out of the budget in every agency. We’ve done that 12 times, and we’ve cut roughly a billion and a half, and there’s six-odd billion that’s recurring, and you can go and cut people or find other revenue sources.” (source)

On the Iraq War (2004): 

“Don’t forget that the war started not very many blocks from here.” (source)

On the Iraq War (2020):

“I don’t live in a regret world, and I didn’t make the decision.” (source)

On George W. Bush (2004):

We are going to get George W. Bush re-elected as president of the United States! We are going to carry New York City and New York State. Everybody thinks I’m crazy, but I think we can do it.” (source)

On whether Bush was the right choice over John Kerry (2020):

“Kerry is a friend. Bush is a casual friend. I guess Bush came to the city’s aid when I asked him to. He gave us a lot of money, which we wanted. We know what Bush did. We don’t know what Kerry would have done. So I don’t see how you can make a comparison.” (source)

On Barack Obama, whom he endorsed in 2012:

“I am sympathetic that he has a Congress that is partisan. In the past two hundred and thirty-five years, we’ve probably had lots of partisan Congresses. His job is to try to bring the parties together. And when he works at it he has actually done some pretty good things.” (source)

“This business of ‘Well, they can afford it; they should pay their fair share’? Who are you to say somebody else’s fair share?” (source)

On women, according to The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg, a booklet assembled by his employees in 1990:

“If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they’d go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale’s.” (source)

On his company’s signature product, the Bloomberg Terminal, according to The Portable Bloomberg

“It will do everything, including give you [oral sex]. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business.” (source)

On the British royal family, according to the same book:

“What a bunch of misfits—a gay, an architect, that horsey faced lesbian, and a kid who gave up Koo Stark for some fat broad.” (source)

On his comments in The Portable Bloomberg (2001):

“I don’t remember ever saying that…And the fact that it comes up three days before a primary—come on, that’s just normal politics, so I’m told. I’m not a politician and I don’t want to get involved in it…It doesn’t reflect me. I apologize if anybody’s offended by it. But I didn’t say those things.” (source)

On whether he’d ever “made a comment to the effect that you would like to ‘do that piece of meat,’ or I’d ‘do her in a second.’”

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George Hastings

Excellent article, Dick. Exposes some bad parts of Bloomberg’s record. Thanks for posting.

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