Michael Bloomberg spoke of two men who died of opioid overdoses in mocking terms, stating the men were from a “bad family.”
The remarks were made at the Bermuda Executive Forum, an event for connected business executives in March of 2019.
Bloomberg was speaking about the nationwide opioid crisis, bringing up a story from the New York Daily News. Joseph and Carlos Andrade, father and son, both died of heroin overdoses after a party in Brooklyn.
Watch his remarks here:
“Daily News had a picture on the front page of a father and a son — they both OD’d at the same party. I mean, it’s not a good family — craziness.”
Bloomberg’s dismissive tone was bad enough. But some among the financial class present at the event to hear Bloomberg speak openly laughed at the former New York mayor’s description of the men as being from a “bad family.”
Hundreds of thousands of Americans of all geographic and ethnic varieties have lost their lives in the ongoing opioid crisis. They deserve compassion, not for an authoritarian oligarch to cast off their deaths as the consequence of them being from “bad families.”
As Bloomberg’s dismal record and history of outright insults to populations of Americans ranging from farmers to machinists is revealed, it’s becoming increasingly difficult for the megabillionaire Democratic candidate to deny that he’s anything more than the most blatant of coastal elitists.
In revealing fashion, Bloomberg went on to frame the opioid crisis as a concern for the economy and business interests, as opposed to a great human tragedy that’s ravaged communities and families across the country.
“We’re losing control, and it’s the workforce that suffers.”
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Appeals Court Refuses to Expunge Joe Arpaio’s Contempt Conviction After Presidential Pardon
A judge isn’t happy about the pardon.
A federal appeals court is refusing to expunge former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpario’s contempt of court conviction, after the sheriff was granted a presidential pardon by President Trump.
Such a legal move is rare if not unprecedented for the recipient of a presidential pardon. Usually federal and state court systems dismiss the convictions of people granted presidential pardon.
Arpaio was convicted of contempt of court in 2017 for refusing to change the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department’s practices after a judge mandated that the agency cease immigration raids.
Three judges of the liberal San Francisco-based 9th Circuit Court upheld a ruling from a lower circuit court refusing to expunge the legal record of Arpaio’s conviction. The move sets new legal precedent for a recipient of a presidential pardon.
Arpaio was a frequent target of Eric Holder and the Obama administration, often coming under intense DOJ scrutiny for the practices of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.
Arpaio ran for the United States Senate in 2018, coming in third in the Republican Primart behind Martha McSally and Kelli Ward. He’s now running for his old position as Maricopa County Sheriff once more at the ripe age of 87.
In any case, presidential pardons have traditionally resulted in dismissal of criminal convictions in federal and state courts. It’s hard to think of the 9th Circuit’s decision to maintain the conviction as anything more than a political slight to President Trump.
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