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Michael Bloomberg slammed for ‘homophobic’ tweets saying Bernie Sanders has the hots for Vladimir Putin

Josh Milton February 25, 2020
Michael Bloomberg is in hot water over his campaign team's parody tweet tactic deemed "homophobic" by some Twitter users. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg is in hot water over his campaign team's parody tweet tactic deemed "homophobic" by some Twitter users. (Oli Scarff/Getty Images)

Michael Bloomberg sparred with Bernie Sanders in a rather bizarre way Sunday after the billionaire’s campaign team sent out parody tweets that some users called homophobic.

Strangle flex, but OK.

The former New York City mayor tweeted an interview of Sanders speaking to CBS60 Minutes discussing Fidel Castro’s administration in Cuba.

Since Sanders has barrelled to front-runner status in the caucuses, strengthening his position in the race for Democratic nomination, Bloomberg has upped the offensive in an attempt to slow his march to victory.

Michael Bloomberg in hot water over ‘homophobic’ misinformation campaign against Bernie Sanders. 

“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba, but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad. You know?” Sanders told host Anderson Cooper.

“When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did?

“He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”

Shortly after, the Democratic presidential candidate’s campaign team also posted the video and attempted to amplify the attack against Sanders by starting a “#BernieOnDespots” trend, imagining what the lawmaker would say about other ruthless leaders, such as North Korea’s Kim Jong-un and Russia’s Vladimir Putin.

Yet, the entire campaign proved to be a lighting rod for criticism. The latter tweet drew intense condemnation from LGBT+ activists in particular for appearing to employ the tired tactic of male world leaders having sexual relations with one another, such as US president Donald Trump and Putin.

There’s definitely better ways of criticising politicians without, you know, being homophobic.

“Vladimir Putin is willing to poison anyone who disagrees with him,” the parody tweet said, according to screenshots. “But have you seen how that guy looks without a shirt!

“Mm, delish!”

‘Homophobia! Interesting call, Mike!’

A number of detractors sharply denounced Bloomberg’s campaign team, accusing them of “homophobia”.

Many users also pointed out that it was difficult to discern whether the hash tagged quotes were factual or not.

The team was even forced to clarify amid accusations of misinformation that “all of these are satire”, The Guardian reported, “with the exception of the 60 Minutes clip from last night.”

However, the thread has since become a chain of “This tweet is unavailable. Learn more”, after either Team Bloomberg admins or Twitter moderators removed the tweets.

Moreover, the campaign came in the midst of two duelling narratives over whether Russian intelligence officers are interfering with either Trump’s reelection campaign or Sanders’.

Nevertheless, the campaign tactic has since been eclipsed, however, after protesters vandalised the Bloomberg campaign officers in Flint, Michigan, with “Eat the rich”.

Just a regular day in 2020.

More: 2020 democratic nomination, 60 Minutes, Bernie Sanders, Michael Bloomberg, Twitter, Vladimir Putin

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