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Trump: Bloomberg 'getting the DNC to rig the election' against Sanders

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden team wants to understand Trump effort to 'hollow out government agencies' Trump's remaking of the judicial system Overnight Defense: Trump transgender ban 'inflicts concrete harms,' study says | China objects to US admiral's Taiwan visit MORE in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused 2020 White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBiden's great challenge: Build an economy for long-term prosperity and security The secret weapon in Biden's fight against climate change Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE of getting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to "rig the election" against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersFive House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden names John Kerry as 'climate czar' in new administration In the final chapter of 2020, we must recommit to repairing our democracy MORE (I-Vt.).

“Many of the ads you are watching were paid for by Mini Mike Bloomberg. He is going nowhere, just wasting his money, but he is getting the DNC to rig the election against Crazy Bernie, something they wouldn’t do for @CoryBooker and others. They are doing it to Bernie again, 2016,” Trump tweeted.

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“Mini Mike is part of the Fake News. They are all working together. In fact, Bloomberg isn’t covering himself (too boring to do), or other Dems. Only Trump. That sounds fair! It’s all the Fake News Media, and that’s why nobody believes in them any more,” Trump said in another tweet, an apparent reference to Bloomberg's eponymous media company opting not to cover the former New York City mayor's campaign.

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Bloomberg has used his personal wealth to blanket the airwaves with ads, including one set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday evening touting his record on gun control.

On Friday, the DNC announced it would remove the fundraising threshold from its debate qualifications, giving Bloomberg a chance to take the stage at the next debate in Nevada.

Numerous other members of the field or their campaigns have spoken out against the altered criteria, with Jeff Weaver, a senior adviser to Sanders’s campaign, calling it “the definition of a rigged system.”

"The DNC changing its debate criteria to ignore grassroots donations seems tailor-made to get Mike Bloomberg on the debate stage in February. Having Americans willing to invest in your campaign is a key sign of a successful campaign," entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangMedia and Hollywood should stop their marching-to-Georgia talk Andrew Yang: Democrats need to adopt message that government is 'working for them' Andrew Yang moving to Georgia to help Democrats in Senate runoffs MORE tweeted.

“Let’s make one thing clear: changing the rules now to accommodate Mike Bloomberg and not changing them in the past to ensure a more diverse debate stage is just plain wrong,” businessman Tom SteyerTom SteyerLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls Trump leads Biden in Texas by 4 points: poll MORE said in a statement. “The Democratic Party should be doing everything possible to ensure a diverse field of candidates. Instead, they are changing the rules for a candidate who is ignoring early states voters and grassroots donors.”

Trump in a third tweet Sunday morning claimed that Bloomberg is negotiating to use a "lift" during the debates.

"This is sometimes done, but really not fair!" he added.

Trump also discussed Bloomberg during an interview with Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityPalin responds to Obama: 'He is a purveyor of untruths' The evolution of cable TV news — after Donald Trump Fox News wins ratings week, while MSNBC touts daytime figures MORE scheduled to air during the Super Bowl.

"You know, now he wants a box for the debates to stand on. OK. It's OK. There’s nothing wrong. You can be short. Why should he get a box to stand on, OK? He wants a box for the debates. Why should he be entitled to that? Really. Does that mean everyone else gets a box?” the president asked in a preview clip shared by the network

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Trump added that Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerSenate Democrats reelect Schumer as leader by acclamation  Hill associations push for more diversity in lawmakers' staffs Sanders celebrates Biden-Harris victory: 'Thank God democracy won out' MORE (D-N.J.) "and all these people couldn’t get any of the things that Bloomberg is getting now."

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

The Hill has requested comment from the Bloomberg campaign.

This report was updated at 9:38 a.m.