Trump rips Bloomberg's debate performance as 'stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent'

President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked by platform's pre-election blackout Mnuchin says he learned of Pelosi's letter to him about stimulus talks 'in the press' Harris to travel to Texas Friday after polls show tie between Trump, Biden MORE in an early morning tweet mocked Michael BloombergMichael BloombergLate donor surges push election spending projections to new heights New voters surge to the polls What a Biden administration should look like MORE after his rough Democratic presidential primary debate debut, calling the former New York City mayor "grossly incompetent."

"Mini Mike Bloomberg’s debate performance tonight was perhaps the worst in the history of debates, and there have been some really bad ones," Trump tweeted.

"He was stumbling, bumbling and grossly incompetent. If this doesn’t knock him out of the race, nothing will. Not so easy to do what I did!" he added.


"Worst debate performance in history!" he added in a subsequent tweet.


Trump's remarks echoed comments at a rally in Phoenix Wednesday night while the debate was taking place.

“Now they have a new member of the crew, mini Mike,” Trump told the crowd of supporters. “We call him ‘no boxes.’”

“I hear he’s getting pounded tonight,” Trump went on. “I hear they’re pounding him.”

Bloomberg struggled to find his footing in the Democratic primary debate in Las Vegas. It was the ninth primary debate so far, and his fellow candidates' experience on the stage shone through.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren has expressed interest in being Biden's Treasury secretary: report The Democrats' 50 state strategy never reached rural America What a Biden administration should look like MORE (D-Mass.) wasted no time going after Bloomberg after the debate began.

"Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women and of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk," Warren said. "Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharTrump announces intention to nominate two individuals to serve as FEC members Start focusing on veterans' health before they enlist Durbin says he will run for No. 2 spot if Dems win Senate majority MORE (D-Minn.) added later: "I don't think you look at Donald Trump and say we need someone richer than Donald Trump in the White House."

Updated at 9:16 a.m.