CNN politics correspondent Cristina Alesci reports on the 2015 audio of Michael Bloomberg defending his stop-and-frisk street crime policy by saying he deployed "all the cops in minority neighborhoods" because that’s where "all the crime" is.
She said the podcaster who released the audio, Benjamin Dixon, is "clearly a Bernie supporter" and "very anti-Bloomberg." Alesci is a former Bloomberg News reporter.
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CRISTINA ALESCI, CNN: Whether or not it is new, opponents are going to seize on this sound because it really presents in stark terms and fans the flames of critics who call him a racist...
So here's the thing. Important context here, we don't have the full tape. So this is obviously snippets that have been released, the podcaster and the writer that released this sound is clearly a Bernie supporter. If you look at his twitter feed, he's very anti-Bloomberg, he's promoting a hashtag #bloombergisaracist. We don't know how he got the sound to begin with.
So lots of questions are being asked on the timing of this as you noted in your introduction, a poll yesterday shows Bloomberg rising in the polls, particularly strong support in the African-American community, he polled at 22% just behind Joe Biden at 27%. So the timing here and the mission here all calling into question --