Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg has finally qualified for a Democratic presidential primary debate, and he will be appearing on stage on Wednesday night in Nevada. Although Bloomberg still isn’t the frontrunner — he’s failed to secure a single nominating convention delegate so far, although his place is rising in polls — President Donald Trump has taken continued personal offense at his presence in the race. This Wednesday morning, he mocked the former mayor with a wildly hypocritical laundry list of his supposed faults, and Bloomberg, who’s seemingly intent on playing the president’s game (and winning, presumably), jabbed right back.
Trump originally posted:
‘Is corrupt Bloomberg News going to say what a pathetic debater Mini Mike is, that he doesn’t respect our great farmers, or that he has violated campaign finance laws at the highest and most sinister level with “payoffs” all over the place?’
Is corrupt Bloomberg News going to say what a pathetic debater Mini Mike is, that he doesn’t respect our great farmers, or that he has violated campaign finance laws at the highest and most sinister level with “payoffs” all over the place?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 19, 2020
To be clear — there’s no indication that Bloomberg has actually violated any campaign finance laws, although he’s boosted his presidential campaign with wild sums of his own fortune. Meanwhile, Trump himself is documented to have participated in actual campaign finance law violations. Right now, while he’s making this baseless attack on the former NYC mayor, his own former longtime fixer is in jail for illegal hush money schemes meant to prop up the 2016 Trump campaign. You can’t make up this hypocrisy!
Bloomberg tweeted in response:
‘Impeached president says what?’
Impeached president says what? https://t.co/Sf2gXXppZO
— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 19, 2020
It’s true — Trump has proven relentlessly unnerved by his impeachment. Meanwhile, Bloomberg currently averages a third place finish in national-level polls of the Dem presidential primary field, although he hit second (behind Bernie Sanders) in a recent NPR survey. FiveThirtyEight currently gives him the third highest chance of winning more delegates than anyone else.
Check out Twitter’s response: