As he dips a wrinkled toe into the waters of the Dem presidential nomination pool, former New York City Mayor and current billionaire Michael Bloomberg had to admit something: He was wrong.
“Over time, I’ve come to understand something that I long struggled to admit to myself,” he said in the soaring sanctuary of the Christian Cultural Center, in East New York. The former mayor choked up, seemingly holding back tears. “I got something important wrong. I got something important really wrong. I didn’t understand back then, the full impact that stops were having on the black and Latino communities.”
No, he wasn’t being sentenced by SDNY Judge Shira Scheindlin for his part in violating the constitutional rights of five million New Yorkers. It’s Bloomberg coming to painful grips with the fact that there’s no way he gets to run as a Democrat (mind you, he switched to Republican to be New York’s mayor, but party affiliation is just a social construct, amirite?).
It’s got to hurt for a billionaire to admit failure on such a massive scale, especially when he doesn’t really believe it. No wonder he was “seemingly holding back tears.” And, as is invariably the case, he didn’t come to this epiphany when he had the authority to do something about it, or in the years that followed for that matter. No, not until now, when he wants to run for president in the Age of Woke for the Party of Woke does he realize the error of his ways. Better late than never?
“We could and should have acted sooner, and acted faster, to cut the stops. I wish we had and I’m sorry that we didn’t,” he continued.
“I can’t change history,” he said. “I want you to know that I realize back then I was wrong, and I am sorry.”
Can you forgive him? Surprisingly, Bloomberg received a fairly warm reception for his apologia.
Inside the church, the former mayor’s apology was met with warm applause. “Once you leave office, you get a chance to reflect on what you did. Amen?” the church’s pastor, the Rev. A.R. Bernard, asked his churchgoers. “Amen,” they replied.
As Kamala Harris was shredded for her actions as the “top cop” of California, should Bloomberg get the same fate? There are some differences worthy of note. The foremost is that Harris was the attorney general, and formerly a district attorney, and had her hands on the trigger when decisions were made about defending killers cops, locking up the parents of truants, and slamming cell doors on black kids.
Bloomberg was a non-lawyer mayor, who entrusted the execution of policy to others, his “Kamala Harrises” if you will, and believed the lies perpetrated in the name of public safety. He now claims he didn’t realize just how unconstitutional it all was, how many innocent young black and Hispanic men got tossed at random on their way to school so he could show New Yorkers what a great job he was doing to keep them safe.
As mayor, hiding behind ignorance isn’t a good look. As president, it’s even worse. It was all there for him to see, if only he wanted to. He was told. I told him. Others told him. Millions of black kids told him. He chose to ignore it. Or more likely, reject it, as he just didn’t mind that millions of kids were tossed so he could virtue signal how he was keeping New Yorker’s safe from guns.
The second difference is that Kamala Harris didn’t do a belated mea culpa, admitting the entirety of her prosecutorial career was dedicated to incarcerating as many black and brown kids as she could, protecting killer cops from the law and virtue signalling in her own way that a black woman could be just as “tough on crime” as any white guy. Instead, she just manufactured a fantasy that she was a progressive prosecutor, an outrageous lie at best, and hoped her race and gender would be enough to get the useful idiots to buy it.
Is this enough of a reason to forgive Bloomberg his five million trespasses?