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Bloomberg's Anti-Trump Strategy Getting Lots of Buzz

Former mayor's poll numbers are rising, and the president himself is returning fire
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 24, 2020 10:11 AM CST
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks at the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Winter Meeting Jan. 22, 2020, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

(Newser) – Mike Bloomberg is ticking up in the polls and he's pouring millions into ads criticizing President Trump's behavior and policies—ads that seem to be irking the president if his tweets are any indication. The developments have led to a slew of stories about Bloomberg's 2020 strategy. Details:

  • Ad on Fox: This week, a blistering anti-Trump ad ran on Fox News, notes Mediaite. Drawing from a new book, it asserts that an "erratic" Trump belittled his own military generals. Fox and Friends, a show Trump watches, even brought on Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey to discuss the ad. "I think people want our commander in chief to respect the institution, and I think he weakens the country by attacking it," said Sheekey.
  • Trump fires back: Top aides have advised Trump to ignore Bloomberg because it only raises the former mayor's profile, reports the New York Times. But Trump quickly shot back on Twitter after the ad ran. "Mini Mike Bloomberg is playing poker with his foolhardy and unsuspecting Democrat rivals," he tweeted. "He says that if he loses (he really means when!) in the primaries, he will spend money helping whoever the Democrat nominee is. ... The fact is, when Mini losses (sic), he will be spending very little of his money on these 'clowns' because he will consider himself to be the biggest clown of them all - and he will be right!"

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