Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg told students during a commencement address Saturday that they face an “epidemic of dishonesty” coming from Washington, D.C.
In a speech at Rice University in Texas, Bloomberg blamed “extreme partisanship” for the current political climate and warned that “when we tolerate dishonesty, we get criminality,” according to The Associated Press.
“When elected officials speak as though they are above the truth, they will act as though they are above the law,” said Bloomberg, who flirted with a potential independent presidential bid in 2016.
Bloomberg told graduates and their families that “when we tolerate dishonesty, we get criminality. Sometimes, it’s in the form of corruption. Sometimes, it’s abuse of power. And sometimes, it’s both.”- READ MORE[give_form id=”79809″] [contentcards url=”http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/387409-bloomberg-blasts-epidemic-of-dishonesty-in-washington-during” target=”_blank”]