Mike Bloomberg under fire for jabs at senior citizens and farmers

Democratic presidential candidate and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg talks to supporters Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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UPDATED 3:08 PM PT — Monday, February 17, 2020

Presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg was under fire for comments he’s made, this time about the elderly and farmers. Current and past comments by the former New York mayor have been gripping the media for his apparent jabs at both senior citizens and farmers.

It began with a video of Bloomberg speaking on health care Sunday. He claimed health care will bankrupt us if we don’t begin turning away the elderly.

“If you show up with prosthetic cancer and you’re 95 years old, we should say go and enjoy, live a long life. If it’s a young person, we should do something about it.” stated the former New York City mayor.

Following those remarks, Bloomberg said society isn’t ready for that yet.

Later, a video from 2016 re-surfaced that showed Bloomberg giving an address at the University of Oxford’s School of Business. The one hour speech covered topics such as leadership and equality in the workplace. The topic that raised red flags across the nation was Bloomberg’s take on the farming industry.

“I can teach anybody in this room to be a farmer, its a proccessy,” stated Bloomberg.

The former New York City mayor claimed he could teach anyone in the lecture hall to farm, despite having no experience in the industry himself. He quickly summarized modern agriculture saying, “dig a hole, put a seed, put dirt on top, up comes the corn.”

Bloomberg went on to compare farming to information technology, saying IT requires more “grey matter,” which is a different skill set not everyone can learn.

“Now comes the information economy fundamentally different,” stated the presidential candidate. “It’s a skill set a lot more grey matter, not clear teachers can teach student can learn.”

The remarks have been met with major backlash from both sides of the aisle who have said Bloomberg is sorely out of touch with the agriculture industry, which is a vital part of the nation’s economy.

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Sen. Ernst: USMCA, China trade deals benefit farmers in long run

Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, talks to the media prior to the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump at the Capitol, Thursday, Jan. 30, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst is saying the president’s work on trade will benefit U.S. farmers in the long run. On Sunday, Ernst touted the USMCA and Phase One China deals, which were recently passed by Congress. She said farmers stand to gain the most from both agreements.

According to Ernst, the administration took the right approach by raising tariffs on China, which forced them to the negotiating table. She also said the White House acted responsibly by offering bailouts to farmers, which offset retaliatory tariffs from Beijing.

The senator said any negative effects from the trade war on farmers are only temporary.

“If you ask Iowa farmers, ‘Is the president doing the right thing?’ they will say, ‘Yes.’ One farmer said, ‘You know what, I’m tightening my belt. Things are tougher right now, but I know in the long run this is going to be better for my grandchildren. They won’t have to struggle with China cheating us the way we have experienced in the past.’” – Jodi Ernst, U.S. Senator (R-IA)

Ernst attended the signing of the Phase One trade deal with China last month, where she praised President Trump for “delivering real results for Iowa’s farmers and manufacturers.”

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