A resurfaced discussion is coming back to haunt billionaire Mike Bloomberg in his bid for the White House.
In the video, which took place at the Said Business School summit in November 2016, Bloomberg chalked up farmers and tradesmen as individuals with brainless careers that “anybody” can do.
He argued that the new “information economy” actually requires skill sets of “how to think and analyze.”
Bloomberg started by talking about the history of an agrarian society, which is a community who depends primarily on growing crops.
“The agrarian society lasted 3,000 years,” he said. “Anybody, even those in this room — no offense intended — can be a farmer. It’s a process. You dig a hole, you put the seed in, you put dirt on it, add water, and up comes the corn,” Bloomberg said. “You could learn that.”
“Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow, and you can have a job,”
He made a similar comment about tradesmen in the industrial age before jumping to a statement that angered many across social media: “Now comes the information economy … it’s built around replacing people with technology, and the skillsets you have to learn are how to think and analyze. And that is a whole degree level different.”
He concluded by saying that you have to have “a lot more grey matter.”
The Bloomberg campaign responded to the posting of the video, claiming that it was taken out of context and that the first part about the agrarian society was intentionally left out to make the former NYC mayor look bad.
Watch Bloomberg’s comments in the video below and decide for yourself if it’s offensive to farmers and tradesmen.
The arrogance and ignorance of Mini-Mike about American Agriculture today is alarming. He has NO idea how technical farming is today-made harder by a gov't made of guys like him who make it harder w/ idiotic regulations. Don't let this guy NEAR the @WhiteHouse https://t.co/m6AV4gYTGE
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) February 17, 2020
Ironically, these comments come from a billionaire businessman who’s probably never sweat it out in the fields and is clueless about the grueling logistical aspect of farming/tradesman-ship.
Nobody is impressed with pompous remarks made at a leadership summit. Everyone is grateful to God that hard-working Americans work day and night to feed an entire nation.