White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Sunday said President Trump was “toying with everybody” when he attacked former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his support of stop-and-frisk policing, a policy Trump himself has endorsed.
Fox News’ Chris Wallace asked Conway about a since-deleted tweet in which Trump called Bloomberg a “total racist” over the Democratic presidential candidate’s defense of the controversial policy, noting Trump said in a 2016 general election debate that stop-and-frisk had “a tremendous impact on the safety of New York City.”
“The president is toying with everybody by saying, had he said something like that everyone would say ‘racist, racist, racist,’” Conway responded, noting that Bloomberg also blamed the discontinuation of discriminatory “redlining” practices for the 2008 financial crisis.
Kellyanne Conway addresses the back-and-forth rhetoric between Michael Bloomberg and President Trump. The President has been attacking Bloomberg over his stop-and-frisk record despite his previous support of the policy. Kellyanne reacts exclusively on FOX News Sunday. #FNS pic.twitter.com/McRKEgJ1Y4
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Conway also noted the allegations fro dozens of women of sexist comments by Bloomberg, saying “The comments he’s made about women, the Washington Post had to bleep out some of the actual words… that is all fair game.”
“Is it fair game for President Trump when he’s made sexist comments too?” Wallace responded, citing the “Access Hollywood” tape of Trump boasting about grabbing women’s genitals. Conway responded that Bloomberg’s comments are “far worse” than the “Access Hollywood” tape and that Trump’s remark “was fully litigated… he won a month later.”
Conway also noted that Bloomberg is part of a field that has already seen every person of color drop out, including Sens. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro.
“Is it really worth it to the Democratic Party in the age of the #MeToo movement, Black Lives Matter… you’re going to go backwards because Michael Bloomberg will spend money and will insult Donald Trump? The [Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] voters are not going to take that,” she said.