Bloomberg's spending binge cannot hide that he's a nasty bit of work
Former New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg is currently trying to buy the Democrat nomination. His spending doesn't just buy recognition; it keeps him from having to appear in person, revealing how nasty he is.
In 1997, Sekiko Sakai Garrison sued Bloomberg for sexual harassment. She alleged that when she told him she was pregnant, he told her, "Kill it." She also alleged racism toward blacks:
On another occasion when she expressed she was struggling to find childcare, Bloomberg told her to hire 'some black'.
'It's a f------ baby! All it does is eat and s---! It doesn't know the difference between you and anyone else! All you need is some black who doesn't have to speak English to rescue it from a burning building,' Bloomberg said in July 1993.
Another employee corroborated the "kill it" comment, adding, "He talked kind of crudely about women all of the time."
Bloomberg claimed that Garrison had misunderstood him. Her allegations, though, are consistent with a 1990 booklet that admiring employees assembled: The Portable Bloomberg: The Wit and Wisdom of Michael Bloomberg: An Unauthorized Collection of Unauthorized Sayings.
The editor assures readers that the quotations in the booklet are accurate:
Yes, these are all actual quotes.
No, nothing has been embellished or exaggerated.
And yes, some things were too outrageous to include.
The booklet reveals an intelligent, cynical, calculating man with the cast-iron testicles needed to become a multibillionaire. It also reveals someone cruel, sexist, racist, homophobic, and vaguely anti-Semitic.
For Bloomberg, sexual analogies were constant and crude:
"Make the customer think he's getting laid when he's getting f-----."
"A good salesperson asks for the order. It's like the guy who goes into a bar, and walks up to every gorgeous girl there, and says 'Do you want to f---?' He gets turned down a lot — but he gets f----- a lot, too!"
He saw women, even famous women, in crude sexual terms:
"What do I want? I want an exclusive, 10-year contract, an automatic extension, and I want you to pay me. And I want a blow job from Jane Fonda. Have you seen Jane Fonda lately? Not bad for fifty."
He was big on revenge and threats:
"Let me tell you something, buddy boy, I have pictures of you and they're not with your wife."
He had harsh words for one competitor, showing a mean streak of homophobia:
"Cokehead, womanizing, fag."
That revulsion to homosexuality re-emerged when he spoke about the future of computers:
"You know why computers will never take the place of people? Because a computer would say that the sex of the person giving you a blow job doesn't matter!"
And the homophobia, as well as the misogyny, again made their appearance when he talked about the British royal family:
"There's only one queen in Buckingham Palace — the rest are in Trafalgar Square."
"The Royal family — 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."
As the reference to both Koo Stark and Fergie shows, for Bloomberg, at least in 1990, women are stupid objects:
"If women wanted to be appreciated for their brains, they'd go to the library instead of to Bloomingdale's."
"I only look."
"I just like to look."
"I know for a fact that any self-respecting woman who walks past a construction site [and] doesn't get a whistle will turn around and walk past again and again until she does get one."
However, he did proudly boast that "the Bloomberg" itself would give blowjobs — and in the same breath brutally demeaned the women to whom he was speaking:
"It will do everything, including give you a blowjob. I guess that puts a lot of you girls out of business."
Although he's never hidden his Jewishness, Bloomberg was, at the very least, ambivalent about being Jewish:
"The three biggest lies are: the check's in the mail, I'll respect you in the morning, and I'm glad I'm Jewish."
The same casual racism Bloomberg showed when telling the employee who sued him that she should get "some black" to care for her baby showed up again in a nasty remark about both Hispanics and Jews:
"If Jesus was a Jew, why does he have a Puerto Rican first name?"
It's also becoming clear that Bloomberg doesn't believe in capitalism — despite the booklet quoting him saying, "I believe in the capitalist system and free enterprise." If he really believed in capitalism and free enterprise, he would not have been caught on camera in 2011 stating that it was time to implement death panels:
This video of Bloomberg saying we should deny care to people once they're past a certain age (because it isn't worth it) is everything about him which is so awful.pic.twitter.com/iL1FGf3Ha0— The Meturgeman (@HaMeturgeman) February 16, 2020
Death panels are a fixture in socialized medicine.
And as a bonus, don't forget Bloomberg's utter contempt for farmers:
Mike Bloomberg’s contempt for rural America is real. https://t.co/j42L7N5lMB— Cam Edwards (@CamEdwards) February 16, 2020
Bloomberg's words paint him as a mean, arrogant, self-centered man. While Trump ran for love of country, Bloomberg is running for love of Bloomberg.