Houston – It has not been a full day since the emergence of a 12-year-old video of Michael R. Bloomberg appears in him linking the 2008 financial crisis to the end of the red line return, a practice that allowed banks to advertise low-income people, most of them minority neighborhoods outside of loan limits.
But criticizing criticism of his record on race and inequality, Mr. Bloomberg in Houston was cutting the ribbon on a new initiative for his presidential campaign, “Mike for Black America.” The mayor of Sylvester Turner in Houston, whom Mr. Bloomberg has supported for weeks, delivered an interesting speech, as did the mayor of Colombia, S. s. , And Washington, both of whom are helping Mr. Bloomberg reach out to African Americans.
“Don’t judge people for the mistakes they made,” Mr. Turner declared. “You judge them by their ability to rush.”
Over the past two months, Mr. Bloomberg’s presidential campaign has lined up her endorsements, adjusted her messages to voters and expanded her reach across the country focusing on the moment she knew she would come: When 78-year-old Mr. Bloomberg – old billionaire and former New York mayor, wouldn’t Then they are a late idea in the race, they will be a prominent target, and decades of unclear and insensitive statements – as well as difficult political situations – will face renewed scrutiny.
That moment is now here, providing Mr. Bloomberg a kind of political melting pot that he has not faced since 2009, when he last nominated a public office. Over the weekend, concern about Mr Bloomberg’s rise was evident as rival Democrats campaigned in Nevada. He unleashed attacks from the attacks on the former mayor, including familiar sadness trying to buy elections and new criticism backed by re-emerging videos that sparked his previous controversies.
Speaking in Las Vegas, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont devoted a whole portion of his speech to Mr. Bloomberg, accusing him of supporting “racist policies” such as so-called searches for and fighting against minority young men for opposing the increase in the minimum wage in the past.
Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden, in an interview with NBC’s “Get to Know the Press” on Sunday, “Sixty billion dollars can buy a lot of ads for you, but she can’t erase your record.” He seemed relieved that the audit had shifted from Mr. Bloomberg. “You will all start focusing on him, as you do with me,” said Biden.
Mr. Bloomberg skips the first four contests for nomination, including caucuses in Nevada on Saturday, and instead joins the race on Big Tuesday, on March 3. For those competitions, it will be the most intense and attempting of it so far – not only because of the attacks that are sure to continue to emerge but because it will test the resolve and restraint of a candidate who has never shown much patience when facing criticism.
“He is not a professional politician,” said Colombia’s mayor Stephen Benjamin, who is also co-chair of Mr Bloomberg’s campaign. Citing what he said was the campaign internal poll in Big Tuesday states, which showed that Mr. Bloomberg is advancing in Arkansas and second or third in North Carolina and Texas, Mr. Benjamin said: “This is the time when arrows begin to fly. Then the daggers come out.
“But you should be able to demonstrate equity.”
Excavations of Mr. Bloomberg’s past have accelerated as the nomination of the former unconventional mayor began to appear more plausible. Just last week, four different sets of observations emerged showing a lack of ingenuity in dealing with issues of racial discrimination. Within just 24 hours, there were comments on the rewriting of the tape and a second tape of 2015 in which he defends the preventive and preventive police in minority neighborhoods of New York City – “because this is where all the crime occurs.” He said. He apologized for the practice in November, a week before he entered the presidential race.
After each case he was ready with a response. When news of the urgent comments erupted, a group of 20 African American religious leaders coincided with the headquarters of the Bloomberg Campaign for a previously scheduled meeting. They agreed to launch a joint statement to defend it.
His opponents spent all their time and resources fighting each other in early voting states such as Iowa and New Hampshire, while Mr. Bloomberg spent hundreds of millions of dollars building his image with advertising and campaign competitions in states where the field was largely for himself.
Mr. Bloomberg hopes that the campaign he built in less than three months will push him against these types of attacks. Working in a vacuum for a long time allowed him to present himself on his terms to voters who did not know much about him.
Cornel Pelcher, a former aide to President Barack Obama who advises Mr. Bloomberg on strategy and polling, said: “There was not much clear understanding of Bloomberg outside,” he was the Mayor of New York and he was rich. ”Mr. Belcher added:“ The campaign did a good job of getting On it early and define it, “while Mr Bloomberg” had all of March’s states to himself. “
With specifically African-American voters, his campaign has highlighted parts of his autobiography that are likely to resonate, such as his relationship with Mr. Obama. The campaign’s ads feature the expansion of Mr. Bloomberg’s business My brother’s guardAn initiative by the Obama administration that supports colored boys and youth, and its efforts to reduce armed violence by requiring more scrutiny of arms purchases. The campaign also confirms his apology for the pause and stop program.
Mr. Bloomberg’s events across the south last week attracted large crowds – over 1,000 people attending separate events in Nashville and Chattanooga in Tin – and often included large numbers of African Americans. In the interviews, many voters were aware that the issue of his record on racial discrimination was in the news. But they also noted the former mayor’s work with Mr. Obama and his arms control campaigns. Although his police record was painful, some gave him credit for an apology.
“He has gone out and apologized and said it is not the kind of policy that I will support as president,” said Sherry Johnson, 35, a teacher who attended the Bloomberg event in Houston. “The Christian within me says to forgive him for that. He confessed it. He was wrong.”
Dwight Smith, who works with N.A.A.C.P. In Chattanooga and Mr. Bloomberg’s gathering there, he said he believed many black voters were focusing more on the larger image goal of defeating President Trump than on their flaws in any candidate’s past. “Everyone makes mistakes,” said Mr. Smith. “And if you look at the mistakes Donald Trump made against Mike Bloomberg’s mistakes, I think people are ready to let it go.”
Not everyone, though. Benjamin Dixon, an African American podcast, shared on Twitter Mr. Bloomberg’s previous comments supporting stopping and sincerity with the hashtag #BloombergIsARacist. This kind of criticism indicates the kind of resistance that Mr Bloomberg is likely to continue to face.
However, Mr. Belcher said that the activist community’s sentiments and political doctrines are often not proxy about how the majority of black voters consider matters like this. He said: “The Lord knows if African Americans have absolute purity tests for people who have had problems in the past, we will never advance as a people.