MSNBC Panel: ‘No Doubt About It’ That ‘Antisemitism’ Behind Opposition to Bloomberg’s New Gun Control Ad Campaign

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks out for gun reform at a press conference on March 21, 2013 in New York City. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Rev. Al Sharpton appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday to discuss New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s new $12 million national ad campaign pushing stricter gun control legislation.

There was some discussion about whether Bloomberg, known as a micromanaging nanny in his own city, is the best spokesman for the campaign before Bloomberg’s religion unexpectedly entered the conversation.

According to some members of the panel– Sharpton included– opposition to Bloomberg’s gun control crusade is at least partially rooted in antisemitism.

Newsbusters has part of the dialogue:

MIKE BARNICLE: Let’s get down to it: Mike Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City.  I mean, there’s a level of [antisemitism] in this thing, directed toward Bloomberg —

AL SHARPTON: No doubt about it.

BARNICLE: I mean, it’s out there.


SHARPTON: But if he were not a big-city Jewish man…in some parts I think it would be different.

Former Romney adviser Dan Senor interjected: “I don’t think it’s antisemitism.  I think it’s the perception of big-city urban elites, wealthy elites, telling the rest of the little people how to live their lives…”

He appeared to only partially convince his co-panelists.

Watch the entire exchange courtesy of MSNBC, below: