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Bloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist

Added 12-06-19 08:57:02pm EST - “Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg apologized Friday after calling fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory Booker "well spoken," a phrase which critics have said has racist undertones.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Bloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael Rubens BloombergBloomberg: Trump should be impeached Bloomberg releases gun control plan Bloomberg network used widely in finance directs to his campaign site: report MORE apologized Friday after calling fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerCastro hits fundraising threshold for December debate The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi says House will move forward with impeachment Booker: Primary voters 'being denied' their candidates of choice MORE “well spoken," a phrase which critics have said has racist undertones.

While discussing his 2020 competitors with CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingBloomberg: Trump should be impeached Hillicon Valley: Trump officials propose retaliatory tariffs over French digital tax | FBI classifies FaceApp as threat | Twitter revamps policies to comply with privacy laws | Zuckerberg defends political ads policy Discrimination on the basis of voice MORE in an interview that aired Friday morning, Bloomberg said, “Cory Booker endorsed me a number of times, and I endorsed Cory Booker a number of times. He’s very well spoken, he’s got some good ideas.”

Bloomberg added that in regards to the candidate pool, “it would be better the more diverse any group is, but the public is out there picking and choosing and narrowing down this field.”

Many criticized Bloomberg’s remark towards Booker as a racist slight commenting on the candidate’s intelligence.

“It’s sort of stunning at times that we are still revisiting these sort of tired tropes or the language we have out there that I don’t think folks understand,” Booker said in a radio interview that he shared on Twitter. “The fact that they don’t understand is problematic.” 

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