So far, he's offended women, blacks, Hispanics, farmers and factory workers. I am NOT a Bloomberg supporter, but have to say that most of the reactions painting him as anti-minority/farmer/factory worker are simply longer explanations being taken out of context.
He is far from pure as the wind driven snow, but the perceived slight against farmers was not a slight at all. If you listen to the full clip, he was explaining how it was for farmers for 3000 years before the advent of current technology and automation.
But leave it to Bernie and Biden and the rest to see a threat and misconstrue the threat's words to use against him.
I do not support Bloomberg, but he is getting a raw deal in these latest attacks from other Democrats.
He said: “Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. At one point, 98 percent of the world worked in agriculture, today it’s 2 percent in the United States. I can teach anyone how to be a farmer: 1, dig a hole' 2, put a seed in; 3, put dirt on top; 4, add water; 5, up comes the corn Now comes the information economy and the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter.”
Well, didn't he say that it doesn't take a lot of brain matter to be a farmer?
So, yes, he has insulted farmers since they rely on information and technology to grow more food and be more productive by using weather data, new technology, agricultural sites, etc. They aren't the farmers of the 20th century but he thinks farmers still pracitce the ways from 3000 years ago.