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: