President Donald Trump's campaign accused Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg of being "clearly racist" over his past support of the NYPD's use of "stop and frisk."
In 2015 audio that resurfaced this week, Bloomberg can be heard defending the policy, which he would eventually go on to disavow before running for president.
Audio of @MikeBloomberg’s 2015 @AspenInstitute speech where he explains that “you can just Xerox (copy)” the descri… https://t.co/nxzfpMvzSp— Benjamin Dixon (@Benjamin Dixon)1581368306.0
Trump responded by calling Bloomberg a "total racist" on Twitter.
“WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!” Trump reportedly wrote.
Trump's campaign also issued a statement calling Bloomberg a racist.
JUST IN, per @albamonica: Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh says Bloomberg stop-and-frisk comment… https://t.co/qIe07IbwXG— Josh Lederman (@Josh Lederman)1581438749.0
Throughout the years, Trump has been on record in support of expanding the stop and frisk policy to other cities.
Trump calling Bloomberg a racist for supporting racist policies that Trump wishes were more racist the day after Tr… https://t.co/W0bXYSwtC5— Scott Hechinger (@Scott Hechinger)1581439258.0
In a statement, Bloomberg argued that Trump's anger was a sign of fear.
Bloomberg statement in response to Trump misleads about how and why stop and frisk was changed as policy in first g… https://t.co/L3GlQhPHuj— Maggie Haberman (@Maggie Haberman)1581439206.0