Sanders responds to Bloomberg criticism with photo of former mayor golfing with Trump

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Bipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle 'The land is us' — Tribal activist turns from Keystone XL to Line 3 MORE (I-Vt.) hit back at a statement by former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergBipartisan infrastructure win shows Democrats must continue working across the aisle WHO leader issues warning on 'harmful' e-cigarettes Six months in, two challenges could define Biden's presidency MORE’s presidential campaign calling President TrumpDonald TrumpSenators introduce bipartisan infrastructure bill in rare Sunday session Gosar's siblings pen op-ed urging for his resignation: 'You are immune to shame' Sunday shows - Delta variant, infrastructure dominate MORE “Bernie’s new bro” with a photo of the president and Bloomberg golfing.

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The original statement from Bloomberg campaign manager Kevin Sheekey accused Sanders and Trump of “deploy[ing] the very same attacks and tactics against Mike” and came the same day that Bloomberg released an ad attempting to tie Sanders to tweets from some of his apparent supporters attacking other candidates.

“Sen. Sanders is building a multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multi-generational movement for justice. We recognize that our opponents in the establishment would like to perpetuate a false myth to discount the breadth and diversity of our supporters — and we categorically reject it," Sanders campaign deputy director of communications Sarah Ford said in a statement to The Hill Monday.

"As the senator has said loudly and clearly, there is no room in the political revolution for abuse and harassment online, and we must live our values of love and compassion,” Ford added.

Sanders has repeatedly blasted Bloomberg since his entry into the race for blanketing the airwaves with ads without entering early primaries and caucuses, saying in Nevada Sunday, “I’ve got news for Mr. Bloomberg, and that is the American people are sick and tired of billionaires buying elections.”