Mayor Bloomberg: De Blasio ‘Racist,’ Waging ‘Class Warfare’

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Sep. 7 2013, Updated 5:04 p.m. ET

Mayor Bloomberg says Democratic front-runner de Blasio is “racist” and waging “class warfare” in his NYC mayor campaign.

Mayor Bloomberg’s accusations against the de Blasio campaign came on Saturday. Mayor Bloomberg said, “Tearing people apart with this ‘two cities’ thing doesn’t make any sense to me.” The interviewer asked if Mayor Bloomberg felt de Blasio was in “some ways running a class-warfare campaign.” Mayor Bloomberg interrupted, saying, “Class warfare and racist.”

Still, Mayor Bloomberg is not saying de Blasio is himself racist:

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“I think it’s pretty obvious to anyone watching what he’s been doing. I do not think he himself is racist. It’s comparable to me pointing out I’m Jewish in attracting the Jewish vote. You tailor messages to your audiences and address issues you think your audience cares about.”

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“I hope the mayor will reconsider what he said. I hope he’ll realize it was inappropriate and I think the people of this city are ready for us to move forward together.”

They believe Mayor Bloomberg’s comments show he is “out of touch and doesn’t get the struggles that low income and working class families face in this city.”

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