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‘Carnival barking clown…Loser’: Trump, Bloomberg trade blows

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President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Manchester, N.H., on Feb. 10, 2020. (Evan Vucci / AP)

President Donald Trump insulted former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg over his height again Thursday, prompting the billionaire Democratic presidential candidate to blast Trump as “a carnival barking clown.”

Promoting a photoshopped image of Bloomberg posted by White House social media director Dan Scavino, Trump called Bloomberg “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!” Trump said, resurfacing his attack on Bush from the last campaign and pointing to years-old eye-opening comments Bloomberg made in defense of “stop and frisk” — a policy Trump has backed as president — that gained attention this week.

Trump continued in a second tweet that Bloomberg “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,” Trump said. “He hates Crazy Bernie and will, with enough money, possibly stop him. Bernie’s people will go nuts!”

Bloomberg snapped back on Twitter, saying that he and Trump “know many of the same people in NY.”

“Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown,” Bloomberg continued. “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.”

Bloomberg mentioned Trump’s remarks during a campaign event in North Carolina on Thursday.

“Somebody said, you know, that he’s tall and he calls me little Mike, and the answer is, Donald, where I come from we measure your height from your neck up,” he said, adding, “I am not afraid of Donald Trump. Donald Trump is afraid of us, and that’s why he keeps tweeting all the time.”

“If he doesn’t mention you, you got a big problem,” he continued. “But the president attacked me again this morning on Twitter. Thank you very much, Donald. He sees our poll numbers, and I think it’s fair to say he is scared because he knows I have the record and the resources to defeat him, and with you, with you together, we can get it done.”

Trump has repeatedly mocked Bloomberg’s height and refers to him as “Mini Mike.”

In a pre-Super Bowl interview, Trump said he thinks “of little” when he hears Bloomberg’s name.

“You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. OK,” Trump told Fox News. “It’s OK. There’s nothing wrong. You can be short. Why should he get a box to stand on? He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled? Does that mean everyone else gets a box?”

“I think it’s very unfair for the Democrats. But I would love to run against Bloomberg,” Trump said. “I would love it.”

It was unclear what Trump was referring to in claiming Bloomberg requested a box to stand on during an upcoming Democratic primary debate, something Trump again pointed to Thursday.

Bloomberg is listed as 5 feet, 8 inches tall on Google.

In response to those insults, Bloomberg’s campaign said Trump was “lying.”

Trump “is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan,” Bloomberg campaign spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement.

The attacks come as Bloomberg has risen in several national polls as well as in Super Tuesday states. Bloomberg has built up a massive campaign infrastructure even while he opted to bypass the first four states on the Democratic primary calendar. He is expected to qualify for the debate stage in the upcoming Las Vegas contest, which will be hosted by NBC News and MSNBC.

Allan Smith / NBC News

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