Election 2020

Bloomberg: 'America Needs an Awful Lot More Immigrants'

Michael Bloomberg wants to become the 46th president of the United States. Source: Boss Tweed / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

If anybody thought that Michael Bloomberg would present himself as a truly moderate Democratic presidential candidate, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint them: on Tuesday, Bloomberg said that the United States needs “an awful lot more immigrants rather than less.”

Ah. You can just hear AOC, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib clapping, can’t you?

“We need immigrants to take all the different kinds of jobs that the country needs — improve our culture, our cuisine, our religion, our dialogue and certainly improve our economy,” Bloomberg told reporters (nobody else seems to be interested in his campaign so far) at a… Mexican restaurant in Arizona.

After saying America needs more immigrants, Bloomberg went on to rip into President Trump. “Ripping kids away from their parents is a disgrace,” he said, conveniently neglecting to mention that separating illegal immigrant families from each other actually (also) happened under President Obama. President Trump, on the other hand, ended the practice.

But hey, attacking former President Obama is, of course, not done among Democrats. If you have to gloss over some minor details called facts, well, that’s just the way it’s going to be. Bloomberg couldn’t care less. And why should he? After all, mainstream media outlets have already announced they won’t do any “investigative reporting” on him.

In any case, Bloomberg spoke in the back of a Mexican restaurant in Arizona because that is one of the four states where he’ll go all-out. According to his campaign, it’ll spend $100 million in anti-Trump digital ads in those states, and one in five where the campaign will try to register thousands of voters. In this case that obviously means: Hispanic voters.

If I was a little bit more cynical I’d almost think Bloomberg wants more immigrants precisely because he and his friends can turn them into voters for Democrats.

Although this push for support among ethnic minorities undoubtedly sounds great to Bloomberg, he does have a problem: New York’s old stop-and-frisk policy that he embraced as mayor. African Americans and Hispanics have long complained that this policy had a disproportionate impact on them. And so Bloomberg used the opportunity in the Mexican restaurant to apologize for it.

It goes to show that even a self-declared truthteller like Bloomberg is, at heart, terribly opportunistic.

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