Um, hold on a second there, Mike.
The Olympics aren’t til this summer.
But it looks like you want the Gold Medal for a new (political) sport: Revisionist History.
The September 11, 2001 attack on NYC and our country were tragic.
George W. Bush was president…
Rudy Giuliani was mayor of NYC…
Yet, Mike Bloomberg’s ad claims that he was the one to lead “a complex city through 9/11.”
See it for yourself:
The ad has already begun running on CNN and NBC.
Will the fact checkers, you know, actually fact check this ad?
If it were President Trump, the media would be all over it.
But will "Mini-Mike" get a pass?
The Daily Caller has more details on this unusual ad:
Democratic 2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg said in a campaign ad released Wednesday that he led New York City through 9/11, though he did not take over as mayor of the city until several months after the devastating attacks.
“I led a complex, diverse city through 9/11, and I have common sense plans to move America away from chaos to progress,” Bloomberg said in a 30-second campaign ad called “It Won’t Work.”
Bloomberg, a billionaire media mogul, took over as mayor on Jan. 1, 2002, succeeding Rudy Giuliani.
Users on Twitter have already begun calling out Bloomberg for his revisionist history.
The revisionist history is enough to raise eyebrows.
But it's also interesting that Bloomberg is heavily relying on his performance as mayor of NYC.
His policies are unpopular, even within the Democratic party.
Debate rivals hammered Bloomberg on his stop and frisk policy in NYC.
NBC News has the details on NYC's stop and frisk policy under Bloomberg:
Michael Bloomberg’s rising presidential campaign got stopped and frisked on Wednesday night by the rest of the Democratic debate field, which piled on the former New York City mayor as he offered contrition for the contentious policing policy.
In his first appearance on a presidential debate stage, Bloomberg came under fire from a united front of his five rivals for the policy that led the New York Police Department during his mayoralty to stop and search thousands of residents of color in the city without traditional standards of probable cause.
Bloomberg, at the event hosted by NBC and MSNBC, apologized for the since-disbanded policy just before making his late entry into the 2020 presidential race and repeated his remorse.
"The one thing that I'm really worried about, embarrassed about, is how it turned out with stop and frisk," Bloomberg said, noting he inherited the policy. "What happened was it got out of control."
But the other candidates said that wasn't good enough.
With more Democratic primary debates around the corner, it will be interesting to see if any candidates will raise issue around the ad.
To reiterate, Giuliani was mayor on 9/11.
Bloomberg did not become mayor until 2002.
Will the fact checkers please step forward?