The Vegas Take hosts JD Sharp and Brian Shapiro discuss comments Sarah Huckabee Sanders made on Fox News regarding Michael Bloomberg’s language. She says without irony, “If he continues to rise is going to have several problems with women, African-Americans, his language is offensive…He’ll buy the DNC just like Hillary bought it from Bernie in 2016.” She is referring to audio recordings that re-emerged in which Bloomberg defended New York City’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy and the profiling of racial minorities.Shapiro compares Bloomberg’s comments to those made by Donald Trump, who Sanders supports. In regards to Fiorina, Donald Trump said, “Look at that face. Would anyone vote for that? Can you imagine the face of our next president? I mean she’s a woman and I’m not supposed to say bad things but really folks, come on are we serious?” In regards to Stormy Daniels, he called her a “horse face,” made fun of Nancy Pelosi’s teeth. It’s funny how Sarah Sanders doesn’t talk about that. Shapiro asks if he should play her the audio again, where Trump says “grab them by the p****.” Or, perhaps, when Trump said about Megyn Kelly “There was blood coming out of her ears, blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of wherever.” But Sanders wants to talk about Bloomberg.
Shapiro goes on to mention former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski who rips Joe Biden about a “dog faced” comment. Lewandowski says, “If we heard Trump say something like that he’d be ripped to shreds.” Trump does say things like this, regularly. Sharp doesn’t compare the phrase to things Trump has said. He shares that Trump consistently gets attacked and responds to the attacks, as do most in the political world. Shapiro argues that others, like Nancy Pelosi, don’t make comments about Trump’s appearance. Rather, they comment about policy, about how she thinks he’s lying about specific issues, or the State of the Union. The issue is that it’s agreeably professional to argue about policy, but attacking appearance is tacky and crossing the line. Trump attacks people’s appearance and looks in this fashion on a regular basis. What Shapiro is trying to say is that these two, Corey Lewandowski and Sarah Sanders, lost any shred of credibility they may have had. If they are to go after Bloomberg and his language, then they have to also go after Donald Trump.
Sharp believes that Sanders and Lewandowski aren’t speaking their own thoughts. He says Trump and his campaign, and his staggers, tell Sanders and Lewandowski, and even Rush Limbaugh, what to say. Because of this, Sharp says they would never say these things about the person they once worked for. Shapiro asks if it matters where it is coming from, or if what matters is what’s coming out of their mouths. Sharp says they wouldn’t say anything about Trump based on the campaign and administration’s control. Shapiro, “Of course not. Why would they be honest?” But it doesn’t have anything to do with being honest; it’s their job to go after whomever else and not their employer. It’s a hypothetical statement, but they wouldn’t attack Trump while working for him.
Ultimately, the difference truly between Donald Trump and Michael Bloomberg is this; Bloomberg apologized and said he was wrong in making those comments. We are also holding someone running for office more accountable than we hold our nation’s leader, the President of the United States. Trump may earn more voters, or at least more respect, if he ever admitted to his lack of professionalism or tact. If he took a play out of Bloomberg’s book and apologized, ever, perhaps any of his good ideas would be listened to.