Bloomberg dismisses Trump claims: He 'lies about everything'

White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergHillicon Valley: Trump raises idea of delaying election, faces swift bipartisan pushback | Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google release earnings reports | Senators ask Justice Department to investigate TikTok, Zoom Meme group joins with Lincoln Project in new campaign against Trump The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump pivots on convention; GOP punts on virus bill MORE on Sunday dismissed President TrumpDonald John TrumpOklahoma City Thunder players kneel during anthem despite threat from GOP state lawmaker Microsoft moving forward with talks to buy TikTok after conversation with Trump Controversial Trump nominee placed in senior role after nomination hearing canceled MORE's accusations that the former New York City mayor and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) are trying to "rig" the 2020 primary contest against Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP lawmaker: Democratic Party 'used to be more moderate' 4 reasons why Trump can't be written off — yet Progressives lost the battle for the Democratic Party's soul MORE (I-Vt.), saying that Trump "lies about everything."

"This is what happens when someone like me suddenly rises in the polls. All of a sudden, the other candidates get scared, and I think Donald Trump knows that I can beat him," Bloomberg told reporters at a campaign stop in Los Angeles. "And I think that’s why he comes back with those kinds of comments."

In a series of overnight tweets, Trump accused Bloomberg of working with the DNC to get on the Democratic primary debate stage and "rig the election" against Sanders. He also claimed without providing evidence that Bloomberg was negotiating with the DNC to "have the right to stand on boxes" during the debates. 

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The comments came on the heels of the DNC's abrupt move to eliminate a fundraising requirement to qualify for a primary debate in Las Vegas later this month. Under the new criteria, candidates may reach a delegates threshold or a polling threshold ahead of the Feb. 19 debate. 

Bloomberg, who launched a long-shot White House bid in November, has been self-funding his campaign and failed to reach fundraising markers for previous debates.

The billionaire businessman said on Sunday that it shouldn't come as surprise that Trump made the accusations about him and the DNC. 

"I will stand on my accomplishments and what I’ve done to bring this country together and get things done. I’ve been doing it for a long time. I stand twice as tall as he does on the stage that matters," he said. 

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Julie Wood, Bloomberg's national press secretary, added in a statement that Trump "is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan." 

Placing a strong emphasis on Super Tuesday states, Bloomberg has spent more than $200 million on advertising for his unconventional 2020 campaign. The former mayor is not competing in early voting states such as New Hampshire and Iowa, where voters will head to the polls on Monday. 

His campaign spent roughly $11 million on a Super Bowl advertisement that airs Sunday and touts his gun control efforts. Bloomberg made a nod to the ad in a tweet earlier Sunday, saying that it "looks like our ads are keeping [Trump] up at night."

Recent polls indicate that Bloomberg is gaining popularity among Democratic primary voters. A national Morning Consult survey released last week showed that he had reached 12 percent support among likely voters. He's still far behind former Vice President Joe BidenJoe Biden2020 Democratic Party platform endorses Trump's NASA moon program Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency Abrams: Trump 'doing his best to undermine our confidence' in voting system MORE and Sanders in the polls. 

Bloomberg's campaign said on Friday that it was "thrilled" by the DNC's decision to drop the fundraising requirement for the Nevada debate. But the move has sparked opposition from other 2020 Democrats. 

"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 Yang tweeted.