Debate Fireworks

Now I know how the Democrats felt while watching the Republican debates in 2016.

“I’d like to talk about who we’re running against. A billionaire who calls women ‘fat broads’ and ‘horse-faced lesbians.’ And, no, I’m not talking about Donald Trump. I’m talking about Mayor Bloomberg,” Warren said, referring to quotes attributed to Bloomberg that were circulated in a “Wit and Wisdom” booklet handed out at his company. It’s not clear that Bloomberg ever made those comments, according to a CNN fact check.
When pressed by moderators to explain the comments attributed to him in the booklet and several lawsuits, which were detailed in a Washington Post article earlier this week, Bloomberg said he didn’t have any tolerance for the kind of behavior that the #MeToo movement exposed. He then attempted to pivot by touting the number of women he has elevated to senior roles, noting his company was voted one of the best places to work.
“I hope you heard his defense: ‘I’ve been nice to some women,’ ” Warren retorted as Bloomberg rolled his eyes. “That just doesn’t cut it. … We need to know what’s lurking out there.”
In a lengthy exchange that was clearly uncomfortable for the former New York mayor, Warren repeatedly pressed Bloomberg to say how many nondisclosure agreements he had asked women to sign for sexual harassment or gender discrimination suits (he eventually said “very few”).
“None of them accuse me of doing anything other than — maybe they didn’t like a joke I told,” Bloomberg replied, as some in the crowd audibly gasped or groaned. He added that the women had signed the agreements because they wanted to keep the matter “quiet.”
“They signed those agreements and we’ll live with it,” Bloomberg said. (“Come on,” an exasperated Biden said in the background).
“I just want to be clear. Some is how many?” Warren continued, pressing him as the moderators let the exchange play out.
“And when you say they signed (the agreements) and they wanted them, if they wish now to speak out and tell their side of the story about what it is they alleged, that’s now OK with you? You’re releasing them on television tonight?” she asked.
“I’m simply not going to end these agreements because they were made consensually and they have every right to expect they will stay private,” Bloomberg said.