Women Came Together to Nuke Bloomberg’s First National Debate
On his first media appearance, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg appeared to be flustered after he tried to respond to the sexual harassment allegations against him. Unfortunately, it seemed that the years “Mickey Mike” had gotten away with “sexist” comments finally came to haunt him.
During his first Democratic presidential primary debate, NBC News’ host Hallie Jackson confronted the presidential hopeful about the history of sexual harassment allegations female employees made to Bloomberg L.P., a company that the billionaire co-founded.
Jackson said “Several former employees have claimed that your company was a hostile workplace for women. When you were confronted about it, you admitted making sexually suggestive remarks, saying, ‘That’s the way I grew up.’”
The host went on to cite specific remarks Bloomberg had made towards his employees, which includes the 1997 lawsuit filed by Sekiko Sekai Garrison against the billionaire and his colleagues. In one incident, Garrison claimed that when she revealed news of her pregnancy, Bloomberg’s response was to “Kill it!” Jackson asked, “Should Democrats expect better from their nominee?”
Bloomberg who appeared flustered by the question responded, “Anybody that does anything wrong in our company, we investigate it, and if it’s appropriate, they’re gone that day,” implicating himself even more. Of course, Bloomberg settled these cases in the best way he knew how, by paying for his victim’s silence. However, Bloomberg’s nightmarish debate was far from over, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren took his downfall to steer the discussion to her own advantage. “I hope you heard what his defense was. I’ve been nice to some women,” Warren said.
“He has gotten some number of women, dozens, who knows, both for sexual harassment and for gender discrimination in the workplace,” Warren continued. She went on to ask Bloomberg a pointed question, “Are you willing to release all of those women from those nondisclosure agreements?”
Bloomberg went on to dig a deeper hole for himself by saying that he refused to do so, “We have very few nondisclosure agreements…none of them accused me of doing anything other than maybe they didn’t like a joke I told,” Bloomberg said. “They signed those agreements and we’ll live with it.”
It was indeed the women who slammed Bloomberg for years of derogatory comments he had made against female employees. The former New York City Mayor’s list of sexist statements include; telling a female employee, “I’d like to do that piece of meat,” then there was the “I would do you in a second” comment he said in the workplace, and he even announced that he’d “love nothing more in life than to have Sharon Stone sit on my face.” In fact, he had even once given a piece of unsolicited advice to one of his employees to keep his boyfriend happy by having “good [oral sex].”
CNN’s Cristina Alesci had already predicted Bloomberg’s downfall the night before the debate. “The most unpredictable part of tonight’s main event is how Bloomberg will perform. Several sources close to Bloomberg have told me that as much as he’s rehearsed, Bloomberg could easily say something on stage they’ve never practiced,” Alesci reported.
Alesci continued to point out the former mayor’s weakness, “Bloomberg also isn’t renowned for his patience or tolerance of criticism. As mayor, he earned a reputation among city hall reporters for being dismissive and snippy when asked a question he didn’t like. Can he keep his cool and be humorous when Sanders and Warren attack him for trying to buy the nomination? If he wants to win over skeptical voters, he’ll need to show them he has the minerals…”