Mayor Michael Bloomberg: A history of insults

Written by Laura Nahmias on . Posted in Breaking News.


Compared to some of the various acid barbs, odd gaffes and cruel-sounding quips Mayor Michael Bloomberg has been known to lob at humans, animals and the press corps, it seemed possibly out of proportion for City Council Speaker Christine Quinn to walk out of a living wage legislation press conference after an attendee called the mayor “Pharaoh Bloomberg,” according to multiple press reports.

“That’s not appropriate. You stand here talking about democracy and wanting people to listen,” she said, according to the Politicker. “In a democracy people have the right to have different views, and they do not — we do not — have the right to then call them names. So I would just ask if that’s what this protest is about, I’ll go right back on inside.”

Quinn tried to get the attendee to apologize, but to no avail.

We wonder if the mayor would have been as offended? He’s no stranger to ad-hominem and any other kind of insult, and is even pretty adept at making fun of himself.

Here are ten of his most infamous insults.

1. The Buffalo Insult:

At a housing conference at NYU, Bloomberg dissed our Northern neighbor.

“There’s an awful lot of free space up in Buffalo, New York, if you want to go there. I don’t think you do,” he said.

“Our city’s problems are problems of success. We don’t have enough classrooms. We don’t have enough roads. We don’t have enough housing. Buffalo would love to have our problems.”

To read the full article at City & State click here.

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