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Bloomberg dismisses Trump claims: He 'lies about everything'

White House hopeful Michael BloombergMichael BloombergOn The Trail: The political perils of Snowmageddon Five things to watch in the New York City mayoral race Florida Democrats mired in division, debt ahead of 2022 MORE on Sunday dismissed President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Democratic fury with GOP explodes in House Georgia secretary of state withholds support for 'reactionary' GOP voting bills 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 SandersKlain says Harris would not overrule parliamentarian on minimum wage increase Romney-Cotton, a Cancun cabbie and the minimum wage debate On The Money: Senate panels postpone Tanden meetings in negative sign | Biden signs supply chain order after 'positive' meeting with lawmakers 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 BidenKlain on Manchin's objection to Neera Tanden: He 'doesn't answer to us at the White House' Senators given no timeline on removal of National Guard, Capitol fence Overnight Defense: New Senate Armed Services chairman talks Pentagon policy nominee, Afghanistan, more | Biden reads report on Khashoggi killing | Austin stresses vaccine safety in new video 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.