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

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersDrugmaker caps insulin costs at to help diabetes patients during pandemic The Hill's Campaign Report: Wisconsin votes despite coronavirus pandemic Sen. Brown endorses Biden for president MORE (I-Vt.) hit back at a statement by former New York City Mayor Michael BloombergMichael BloombergNew York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance: report DNC books million in fall YouTube ads Former Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs MORE’s presidential campaign calling President TrumpDonald John TrumpCDC updates website to remove dosage guidance on drug touted by Trump Trump says he'd like economy to reopen 'with a big bang' but acknowledges it may be limited Graham backs Trump, vows no money for WHO in next funding bill 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.”