President TrumpDonald TrumpFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Giving thanks for Thanksgiving itself Immigration provision in Democrats' reconciliation bill makes no sense MORE in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused 2020 White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergDemocrats are sleepwalking towards electoral disaster in 2022 Budowsky: 10 million should march on DC, for earth and democracy Bloomberg vows to spend 0M to fight fatal drug overdoses MORE of getting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to "rig the election" against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBernie Sanders' ex-spokesperson apprehensive over effectiveness of SALT deductions BBB threatens the role of parents in raising — and educating — children Biden expected to nominate Shalanda Young for budget chief 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.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2020
“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.
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.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2020
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 YangAt 28 percent approval, say goodbye to Kamala Harris being Plan B to an aging Biden Adams wins New York City mayor's race Bill Maher pushes back on criticism of Chappelle: 'What the f--- was that reaction?' 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 SteyerYouth voting organization launches M registration effort in key battlegrounds Overnight Energy: 'Eye of fire,' Exxon lobbyist's comments fuel renewed attacks on oil industry | Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline | More than 75 companies ask Congress to pass clean electricity standard Celebrities push Biden to oppose controversial Minnesota pipeline 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.
Mini Mike is now negotiating both to get on the Democrat Primary debate stage, and to have the right to stand on boxes, or a lift, during the debates. This is sometimes done, but really not fair!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 2, 2020
Trump also discussed Bloomberg during an interview with Fox News host Sean HannitySean Patrick HannityTrump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida Cheney knocks Ted Cruz: 'A real man would be defending his wife' Rittenhouse's mother asks for donations to legal fund 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
Trump added that Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerFive reasons for Biden, GOP to be thankful this season Senators call for Smithsonian Latino, women's museums to be built on National Mall Booker headlining Democratic fundraiser in New Hampshire 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.