Trump: Bloomberg, Klobuchar 'choked' in Democratic debate

Trump: Bloomberg, Klobuchar 'choked' in Democratic debate
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Coronavirus hits defense contractor jobs Wake up America, your country doesn't value your life MORE on Thursday mocked Michael BloombergMichael BloombergFormer Bloomberg staffer seeks class-action lawsuit over layoffs Bloomberg spent over 0M on presidential campaign The Hill's Campaign Report: Officials in spotlight over coronavirus response MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Hillicon Valley: Apple rolls out coronavirus screening app, website | Pompeo urged to crack down on coronavirus misinformation from China | Senators push FTC on price gouging | Instacart workers threaten strike Democratic Senators urge FTC to prevent coronavirus price gouging MORE (D-Minn.) for their performance in the Democratic debate a night earlier, saying the two centrist candidates "choked."

The president riffed extensively on the debate during a rally in Colorado Springs, Colo., picking out Bloomberg and Klobuchar in particular for their performance.

Trump, who has largely avoided attacking the Minnesota senator thus far, pointed to an exchange in which she asked Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegReuters poll finds Sanders cutting Biden national lead to single digits Biden says he'll adopt plans from Sanders, Warren Buttigieg guest-hosts for Jimmy Kimmel: 'I've got nothing else going on' MORE if he was suggesting she was dumb for being unable to name the president of Mexico.

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"How about Klobuchar. Did you see her? She choked," Trump said, pretending to choke to the delight of the crowd. "She couldn’t breathe." 

"How about that? 'Are you saying I’m dumb?'" he continued. "That was the end of her campaign in my book. You don’t say that, even if it’s true."

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Trump also bashed Bloomberg at length, ripping into the former New York City mayor for his first appearance on the Democratic debate stage.

"It got very big ratings, and you know what? Mini Mike didn’t do well last night," he said. "I was going to send him a note saying, 'it’s not easy doing what I do, is it?"

Trump has fixated on Bloomberg for weeks since he entered the Democratic field, repeatedly attacking him on Twitter and mocking him for his height. Bloomberg has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in his own money flooding the airwaves with ads attacking the president.

Bloomberg and Klobuchar are both seeking to consolidate support among moderate voters, while Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWith VP pick, Biden can't play small ball in a long ball world Poll: Trump, Biden in dead heat in 2020 matchup Sunday shows preview: Lawmakers, state governors talk coronavirus, stimulus package and resources as pandemic rages on MORE (I-Vt.) remains at or near the top of most polls in the primary.