President Trump accused billionaire Mike Bloomberg in a tweet of trying to “illegally” buy the Democratic nomination, claiming he is using his wealth as a “payoff” to buy support from his endorsers.
“What Mini Mike is doing is nothing less than a large scale illegal campaign contribution. He is ‘spreading’ money all over the place, only to have recipients of his cash payments, many former opponents, happily joining or supporting his campaign. Isn’t that called a payoff?” Trump tweeted Tuesday afternoon.
“Mini is illegally buying the Democrat Nomination,” Trump added, repeating his claim on how the Democratic Party is trying to take the election away from Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) again. “They are taking it away from Bernie again. Mini Mike, Major Party Nominations are not for sale! Good luck in the debate tomorrow night and remember, no standing on boxes!”
…..Mini is illegally buying the Democrat Nomination. They are taking it away from Bernie again. Mini Mike, Major Party Nominations are not for sale! Good luck in the debate tomorrow night and remember, no standing on boxes!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2020
Trump’s tweet remarks come as earlier he spoke with reporters before boarding Air Force One for his four-day west coast swing. He was asked if he had any advice for Bloomberg as he makes his first debate appearance on Wednesday.
“No, he doesn’t need that kind of advice. He’s been doing it for a long time,” Trump answered. “It just seems unfair what’s happening to Bernie Sanders, to be honest with you. I watched it happen four years ago. And always be careful what you wish for, and I’m not wishing for anything. Whoever it is, I’ll be very happy.”
He added, “But it seems that Bernie Sanders and that whole big section of the Democratic Party or, as I call it, the ‘Democrat Party,’ which is really the correct name, it seems they’re being taken advantage of like they were four years ago, to me.”
Bloomberg replied shortly thereafter on Twitter, setting off a tit-for-tat between the two New Yorkers.
Why do you want to run against Bernie so badly?,” Bloomberg asked Trump.
Why do you want to run against Bernie so badly? https://t.co/HOnHap4QdL— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 18, 2020
Trump responded in a subsequent tweet saying that he would “rather run” against Bloomberg.
“Mini Mike. No, I would rather run against you!”
The former New York mayor fired back: “Can’t trust a word you say – and now you want us to believe you? See you in November.”
Can't trust a word you say – and now you want us to believe you?— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 18, 2020
See you in November. https://t.co/GkKkoXNY6T
Bloomberg qualified for Wednesday’s Democratic debate in Las Vegas, the first time he will appear in a debate after entering the presidential race in November. He will be joined by rivals Sens. Sanders, Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), former Vice President Joe Biden, and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
At the same time of the Democratic debate, President Trump will hold a rally in Phoenix.
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