Trump, Self-Declared 'Un-Trump' Duke It Out

President, Bloomberg exchange insults as former mayor distances self from old comments
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 13, 2020 9:55 AM CST
In this Jan. 27, 2020, photo, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaks to supporters at a campaign office in Scarborough, Maine.   (AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)
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(Newser) – Michael Bloomberg is spending a small fortune on his 2020 presidential campaign, and his ads and cutting comments critical of President Trump appear to be rankling the president. On Thursday, Trump lashed out:

  • The nickname: "Mini Mike is a 5'4" mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians," Trump wrote. (Google lists him at 5-8.) "No boxes please," wrote Trump."
  • The response: "(W)e know many of the same people in NY," tweeted Bloomberg on Thursday. "Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence."
  • And more: In Tennessee Wednesday, Bloomberg said Trump's insults can't hurt him and dished out a few of his own, notes Real Clear Politics. "I bill myself as the un-Trump," he said. "He divides people. I try to unite them. He's a climate denier. I'm an engineer. I actually believe in science. ... He looks out for people who inherited their wealth, like him. I'm self-made." Bloomberg also took note of Trump's slams about his height, reports NBC News. "Donald, where I come from, we measure your height from your neck up," he said. "I'm not afraid of Donald Trump."

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