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

Bloomberg apologizes after critics say his calling Booker 'well spoken' was racist
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Former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergWake up, America — see what's coming Bloomberg urges court to throw out lawsuit by former campaign staffers Former Obama Ebola czar Ron Klain says White House's bad decisions have put US behind many other nations on COVID-19; Fears of virus reemergence intensify MORE apologized Friday after calling fellow 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Joe Biden must release the results of his cognitive tests — voters need to know GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday MORE (D-N.J.) “well spoken," a phrase which critics have said has racist undertones.

While discussing his 2020 competitors with CBS’s Gayle KingGayle KingMinneapolis police union says members have been 'scapegoated by political leaders' Fox News, CBS morning show hosts return to broadcast studios CBS's Gayle King to host live call-in radio show on coronavirus 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.”

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

Booker said he was “taken aback” by Bloomberg’s comment.

“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.” 

Bloomberg later said he should not have used that term while referring to Booker, according to CBS News.

"I probably shouldn't have used the word, but I could just tell you he is a friend of mine," he said. "He is a Rhodes Scholar, which is much more impressive than my academic background. I envy him."