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Politics Trump and Bloomberg trade blows as the president targets the Democratic contender

17:16  13 february  2020
17:16  13 february  2020 Source:   nbcnews.com

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Promoting a photoshopped image of Bloomberg posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino, Trump called Bloomberg "a LOSER who has money but can't debate and has zero presence, you will see."

"He reminds me of a tiny version of Jeb 'Low Energy' Bush, but Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!" Trump said, resurfacing his attack on Bush from the last campaign and pointing to years-old eye-opening comments Bloomberg made in defense of "stop-and-frisk" — a policy Trump has backed as president — that gained attention this week.

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Trump continued in a second tweet that Bloomberg "is a 5'4' mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians."

"No boxes please," Trump said. "He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie's people will go nuts!"

Bloomberg snapped back on Twitter, saying that he and Trump "know many of the same people in NY."

"Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown," Bloomberg continued. "They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence. I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will."

Trump has repeatedly mocked Bloomberg's height and refers to him as "Mini Mike."

In a pre-Super Bowl interview this month, Trump said he thinks "of little" when he hears Bloomberg's name.

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"You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. OK," Trump told Fox News. "It's OK. There's nothing wrong. You can be short. Why should he get a box to stand on? He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled? Does that mean everyone else gets a box?"

Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 12, 2020.© Doug Strickland Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg speaks during a campaign event at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, on February 12, 2020. "I think it's very unfair for the Democrats. But I would love to run against Bloomberg," Trump said. "I would love it."

It was unclear what Trump was referring to in claiming Bloomberg requested a box to stand on during an upcoming Democratic primary debate, something Trump again pointed to on Thursday.

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In response to those insults, Bloomberg's campaign said Trump was "lying."

Trump "is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan," Bloomberg campaign spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement.

The attacks come as Bloomberg, who is campaigning in North Carolina on Thursday, has risen in several national polls as well as in Super Tuesday states. Bloomberg has built up a massive campaign infrastructure even while he opted to bypass the first four states on the Democratic primary calendar. He is expected to qualify for the debate stage in the upcoming Las Vegas contest, which will be hosted by NBC News and MSNBC.

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Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said on Saturday Mike Bloomberg would not generate the "excitement and energy" needed to win the White House, focusing on a rival still not fully participating in the race. © Reuters/SHANNON STAPLETON FILE PHOTO: Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally in Las Vegas, Nevada "The simple truth is that Mayor Bloomberg, with all his money, will not create the kind of excitement and energy we need to have the voter turnout we must have to defeat Donald Trump," Sanders said at a Democratic party gala.

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