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War of words: Bloomberg, Trump exchange insults on Twitter

Posted at 1:21 PM, Feb 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-14 08:43:13-05

NEW YORK — As the 2020 election draws near, things are heating up on Twitter after Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg had an exchange of insults with President Donald Trump Thursday morning.

Trump tweeted, “Mini Mike Bloomberg is 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!”

He then tweeted, “Mini Mike 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. He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!”

Bloomberg fired back with a tweet: “.@realDonaldTrump - we know many of the same people in NY. 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.

I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.”

I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.

— Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) February 13, 2020

The Twitter spat comes in the heels of Bloomberg, once again, facing criticism over his defense of the city’s stop-and-frisk policy, which disproportionately targets people of color during police stops.

A 2015 audio recording of Bloomberg justifying his support for the controversial policy was widely panned on social media after it resurfaced on Monday. The hashtag #BloombergIsRacist was trending on Twitter earlier this week.

Trump jumped into the fray with his own tweet calling Bloomberg a “total racist” but the post was quickly deleted, according to CNBC. He later retweeted an account that used the hashtag alongside a photo of him with Bloomberg.

"Mini Mike is a short ball (very) hitter. Tiny club head speed. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!" Trump tweeted along with the photo and hashtag.

Bloomberg said his past support of stop and frisk does not reflect his commitment to criminal justice reform and ending mass incarceration. He also took aim at Trump, calling the president’s deleted tweet, “the latest example of his endless efforts to divide Americans.”

Bloomberg is also heavily relying on social media to spread his message across platforms — including paying digital influencers with millions of followers to run memes on their accounts that insinuate that he's the "cool" candidate. His team said they're just being innovative.

This story comprises reporting from PIX11 News’ Lauren Cook, Aliza Chasan, Kristine Garcia, Kirstin Cole, Jeremy Tanner, Jay Dow and the Associated Press.