Trump and Bloomberg call each other racist as election fight heats up

Bloomberg has long struggled with the legacy of the "stop-and-frisk" policing policy he used as mayor of NY, which encouraged police to stop and search pedestrians and ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos.

The speech was made in February 2015 at the Aspen Institute.

Mr Bloomberg's campaign did not immediately comment on the audio.

"Ninety-five percent of your murders - murderers and murder victims - fit one M.O".

"We put all the cops in minority neighborhoods. Yes".

Earlier Tuesday, Trump tweeted a leaked audio clip from Bloomberg's 2015 appearance at a conference in Aspen, Colo., where he defended the policy.

But stop and frisk expanded dramatically on Bloomberg's watch, reaching a peak in 2011 when over 685,000 people were stopped, according to data from the American Civil Liberties Union. That's true in NY.

But the poll also showed Bloomberg jump into third place and score the largest lead of any Democrat in a head-to-head matchup with President Trump.

None of his Democratic rivals has yet to truly capitalize, though both Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders have made some inroads.

US Senator Bernie Sanders led all other candidates in the poll with 20 percent support, up a point from last week, while 15 percent supported Bloomberg, the former NY mayor, an increase of 6 points.

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But the comments gave Bloomberg's political rivals an opportunity to pounce.

Critics pointed out that the Republican president has himself been a vocal supporter of stop-and-frisk policing and has previously been accused of racism.

What he's defending is not only racial profiling, but having the police stop citizens - in this case, just because they are black - without probable cause to "throw them up against the wall and frisk them".

Speaking at an African-American church in Brooklyn in November, Mr Bloomberg apologised for stop-and-frisk in NY, which disproportionately targeted black and Latino residents.

"For 20 years he [Bloomberg] supported this policy, but I don't think it's just about the policy", Parscale said Tuesday.

"I can't change history".

Michael Bloomberg is under fire for resurfaced comments in which the Democratic presidential candidate says the way to bring down murder rates is to "put a lot of cops" in minority neighborhoods because that's where "all the crime is".

The opinion poll taken from Thursday to Monday found that 17 percent of registered Democrats and independents said they would vote for Biden, down 5 percentage points from a similar poll that ran last week before Iowa held its first-in-the-nation nominating contest.

However, it remains to be seen how the billionaire will fare in forthcoming contests in states such as SC and Nevada, where minority votes are key.

  • Sonia Alvarado