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