28 Jan '14, 2am

“This isn’t a Rolex. I could buy a six-pack of Rolexes for this.”

Tom Perkins certainly has taken heat for his recent letter to the editor in The Wall Street Journal . If he was trying to turn down the temperature, however, his interview with Bloomberg Television on Monday did not quite cut it. The interview, conducted by the host of the program “Bloomberg West,” Emily Chang, entered a bizarre new dimension of television. Where to begin? Mr. Perkins apologized for his comparison of attacks on San Francisco’s wealthy to Kristallnacht. After all, he spoke with Abe Foxman, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, and repeatedly acknowledged that his use of the “awful” comparison was inappropriate. But he then resolutely stood by his point: that a majority was intimidating a minority. He said that his late partner Eugene Kleiner , a refugee from Nazi Germany, would have agreed with the letter to the editor. “When you start to use hatred again...

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