Mike Bloomberg has this problem with minorities because of his many years of telling the police in New York City to stop black and brown youths and frisk them, without cause.

When he began his campaign for the presidency, he went to a black church and apologized for stop-and-frisk.

But the damage had been done.

The Washington Post found one of what must be many videos where Bloomberg touted his stop-and-frisk policy and credited that policy with reducing murders and gun crime (as Charles Blow pointed out, the policy was completely ineffectual).

When stop-and-frisk was declared unconstitutional by the courts, there was no rise in crime. In fact, major felonies are far lower today than they were when Bloomberg was mayor. In the last year of Bloomberg’s mayoralty, there were 419 murders; last year there were 319 (no stop-and-frisk in place).

Mike Bloomberg is running an unorthodox and unprecedented campaign, in which he’s skipping the first four states but carpet-bombing the rest of the country with a quarter-billion dollars’ worth of spending. This has allowed him to run his campaign virtually unchallenged — and gain some real momentum.

The result: a poll Monday that showed the former New York mayor hitting 15 percent nationally. The result of that: No more free ride.

Bloomberg’s opponents on Monday began circulating audio of a 2015 speech in which he speaks in rather unvarnished terms about New York’s stop-and-frisk policy targeting minorities. The basics of what Bloomberg said: Minorities are responsible for the vast majority of violent crime, and thus their communities were the logical targets for warrantless searches.

Now, not only are Bloomberg’s Democratic opponents circulating the clip, but President Trump is, too.

Trump, who is reported to be wary of going toe-to-toe with Bloomberg and his essentially limitless resources, tweeted the clip Tuesday morning, saying, “WOW, BLOOMBERG IS A TOTAL RACIST!” (The tweet was later deleted, though it was captured in this Internet archive, and Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale and the president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., retweeted the clip.)

Trump is in a glass house on this issue. Not only is his record on racial issues what it is — most notably on the Central Park Five and Charlottesville — but he has vocally supported the stop-and-frisk policy. During the 2016 campaign, he proposed bringing it nationwide, and he reiterated his support as recently as 2018. He could say Bloomberg’s description of the policy is crass, but it was widely known that the policy did pretty much what Bloomberg said it did, and Trump backed it.

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Stop and frisk works. Instead of criticizing @NY_POLICE Chief Ray Kelly, New Yorkers should be thanking him for keeping NY safe.

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NYC politicians better stop pandering–ending stop & frisk would be a disaster. http://bit.ly/19xlEja 

Thugs’ stop-and-frisk fear revealed in biggest gun seizure in city history

Even the gunrunners know stop-and-frisk works. The NYPD took down two smuggling rings that used cheap Chinatown buses to funnel a terrifying array of illegal weapons here from the South — and

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But Trump’s standing on the issue aside, this is the day Bloomberg’s campaign had to know was coming, and the questions about it are thoroughly valid. Bloomberg finally disowned the stop-and-frisk policy when he began running for president, but he had previously defended it to the hilt. It’s not unreasonable to consider this his biggest obstacle to the Democratic nomination, especially given the important role minority voters will play after Tuesday’s primary in New Hampshire.

This is the video: https://youtu.be/1bbjB3jVGRU

Bloomberg said earlier that “it’s controversial, but first thing is, all of your — 95 percent of your murders, murderers and murder victims, fit one M.O. You can just take the description, Xerox it and pass it out to all the cops. They are male minorities, 15 to 25. That’s true in New York. It’s true in virtually every city. And that’s where the real crime is. You’ve got to get the guns out of the hands of the people that are getting killed.”

Bloomberg’s team sought to prevent such audio from coming out of the speech by blocking recordings of it, according to the Aspen Times.

Some commenters on Twitter think that Trump deleted his tweet calling Bloomberg a racist re “stop-and-frisk” because he was afraid some of his voters might switch to Bloomberg!