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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFauci says his meetings with Trump have 'dramatically decreased' McEnany criticizes DC mayor for not imposing earlier curfew amid protests Stopping Israel's annexation is a US national security interest MORE in an early morning tweet on Sunday accused 2020 White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergIt's as if a Trump operative infiltrated the Democratic primary process Liberals embrace super PACs they once shunned .7 billion expected to be spent in 2020 campaign despite coronavirus: report MORE of getting the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to "rig the election" against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJudd Gregg: Biden — a path to the presidency, or not Biden's 'allies' gearing up to sink his campaign Expanding tax credit for businesses retaining workers gains bipartisan support 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 YangAndrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis McConnell challenger on how Yang endorsement could help him 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 SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout 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 HannityHannity scolds Ozarks partygoers: 'Could be a disaster' for vulnerable Americans Trump lashes out at Fox News after poll shows him trailing Biden Trump complains Fox News is 'doing nothing to help' him get reelected 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 Anthony BookerThis week: Senate reconvenes as protests roil nation amid pandemic City leaders, Democratic lawmakers urge Trump to tamp down rhetoric as protests rage across US Sunday shows - George Floyd's death, protests bump COVID-19 from headlines 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.