Michael Bloomberg once boasted about arranging dates throughout China for his “busty and blonde” 16-year-old daughter.
The 2020 Democratic presidential candidate made the remarks in 1999 during an interview with Wired magazine, which resurfaced this week, The Independent reported.
Bloomberg was reportedly speaking to a group of Boston College graduates “off the record.”
“My daughter is tall and busty and blonde,” Bloomberg said, according to Wired. “We went to China together. And what’s a 16-year-old going to do on a business trip?”
Wired’s reporter described the scene as the former New York City mayor popped “another carefully buttered piece of bread in his mouth.”
“So I got her dates in every city in China,” Bloomberg said.
Bloomberg reportedly then demanded his remarks be kept “off the record.”
However, standard journalist practice dictates that an “off the record” agreement is reached between a reporter and the subject before information is provided.
Twitter user Andipalmur shared a screenshot from the interview on Wednesday.
normal guy Mike Bloomberg likes to get his "busty" daughter laid on business trips, off the record pic.twitter.com/z8U5SAZBPJ
— lifestyle brand andipalmur (@andipalmur) February 20, 2020
“normal guy Mike Bloomberg likes to get his “busty” daughter laid on business trips, off the record,” andipalmir tweeted.
A tough week for Michael Bloomberg, daughter revelations aside
Bloomberg’s candidacy was left badly bruised after a fiery Democratic debate in Nevada on Wednesday night.
The blistering attacks launched on Wednesday night at Bloomberg – over his record on race, history of sexist comments and use of his fortune to push his way up in opinion polls – damaged his pitch that he has the best chance of beating Republican President Donald Trump in the Nov. 3 election.
The former New York City mayor, who entered the race late and will not be on primary ballots until Super Tuesday, has tried to position himself as a moderate alternative to Sen. Bernie Sanders, a democratic socialist.
Bloomberg‘s campaign moved to stem the fallout early on Thursday by announcing new endorsements from House of Representatives members from New York, New Jersey and California, after arguing on Wednesday night that he was “just warming up” and promised a stronger performance during next week’s debate in South Carolina.
Rivals Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg all leaped at the chance to go after the media mogul, who has surged in polls by spending hundreds of millions of dollars out of his own pocket on an advertising blitz.
Warren landed early jabs at Bloomberg related to accusations of sexist comments and his support while mayor of stop-and-frisk police policies that ensnared disproportionate numbers of blacks and Latinos.
The senator from Massachusetts told CNN after the debate that she had “no doubt” that Bloomberg would open his wallet to “try to erase the memory of what happened on that debate stage.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)