Sanders press secretary: 'Milquetoast' candidate like Bloomberg won't defeat Trump

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Sanders still sees 'narrow path' to Democratic presidential nomination Tenants call on lawmakers to pass rent freezes MORE's (I-Vt.) national press secretary hammered former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE on Thursday, arguing the billionaire candidate would not be able to defeat President TrumpDonald John TrumpIllinois governor says state has gotten 10 percent of medical equipments it's requested Biden leads Trump by 6 points in national poll Tesla offers ventilators free of cost to hospitals, Musk says MORE in a general election.

In an interview, Briahna Joy Gray told Hill.TV hosts Saagar Enjeti and Krystal Ball that Bloomberg's campaign lacked the on-the-ground enthusiasm necessary to win in November.

"You cannot ignore the fact that Bernie Sanders has the fundraising engine that can keep us going all the way, and actually compete with someone like Donald Trump who has all the lobbyists' and special interests' money at his back," Gray said.

"You can't compete with the MAGA hat-wearing crew if you are a milquetoast candidate like Michael Bloomberg," she added.

Her comments come after Bloomberg was sharply criticized by every Democrat onstage during Wednesday's presidential debate in Las Vegas, just days ahead of the Nevada caucuses and the former mayor's first appearance on the debate stage since jumping into the race in late November.

During the debate, Bloomberg faced tough questions from fellow Democrats such as Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocratic senators call on domestic airlines to issue cash refunds for travelers Biden's pick for vice president doesn't matter much Biden faces pesky enthusiasm challenge despite big primary numbers MORE (D-Mass.) over his earlier support of stop and frisk, as well as workplace issues at his company, Bloomberg L.P.