Instead of thanking his supporters last night in New Hampshire at the post caucus event, Joe Biden jumped ship. The former vice president, who came in 5th with just over eight percent of the primary votes, bolted to South Carolina in hopes for a head start in the south’s first primary. Not showing up to your own party is in poor taste, but no matter how rude his actions are, they may not matter much.
According to National Review, “Biden has been counting on South Carolina as his firewall (where two-thirds of Democratic primary voters are black)” but a new Quinnipiac poll has bad news for Biden. The Quinnipiac results show an astoundingly devastating drop in support from African Americans for Biden, having dropped from 52 percent to only 27 percent since the Iowa caucuses.
National Review reports that Mike Bloomberg has gained the most support among black voters, but he is not competing in the South Carolina primary. Certainly, Bloomberg will see a drop in African American support as shocking audio of him discussing race and crime was just released. The audio, from a speech Bloomberg gave at the Aspen Institute’s 2015 event is spreading through the media like wildfire. Bloomberg blocked the release of the audio at the time, but podcaster Benjamin Dixon released it only yesterday.
Bloomberg was discussing New York City’s stop-and-frisk policy in the most deplorable of ways: “95% of your murders- murderers and murder victims – fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops” said Bloomberg. That M.O. he spoke of? “They are male minorities 15 to 25” he continued. “That’s true in New York, that’s true in virtually every city in America. And that’s where the real crime is…put those cops where the crime is, which means minority neighborhoods,” said Bloomberg. He then also explained, “the ways you got the guns out of the kids’ hands is to throw them up against a wall and frisk ‘em.”
Civil rights groups were furious about the policy and one federal judge ruled it unconstitutional. Regardless of the policy’s merits or consequences, the way Bloomberg spoke of minorities in order to defend his policy was contemptible. Suddenly Bloomberg has a change of heart and wants to apologize, and the timing is not lost on us.
Just before announcing his 2020 run, Bloomberg appeared at an African American megachurch in Brooklyn where he allegedly apologized for his part in the stop-and-frisk policy. Newsweek reported that “in a new statement, Bloomberg said he inherited the stop and frisk policy but said it was ‘overused’ in efforts to stop gun violence and that he should have cut its use down ‘faster and sooner.”