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Trump: Bloomberg, Klobuchar 'choked' in Democratic debate

Trump: Bloomberg, Klobuchar 'choked' in Democratic debate
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President TrumpDonald TrumpHead of firms that pushed 'Italygate' theory falsely claimed VA mansion was her home: report Centrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting VA moving to cover gender affirmation surgery through department health care MORE on Thursday mocked Michael BloombergMichael BloombergPress: Even Jeff Bezos should pay income taxes What the Democrats should be doing to reach true bipartisanship 5 former Treasury secretaries back Biden's plan to increase tax enforcement on wealthy MORE and Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharDemocrats scramble to unify before election bill brawl Hillicon Valley: Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC | Lawmakers urge Biden to be tough on cyber during summit with Putin | TSA working on additional security regulations following Colonial Pipeline hack Big Tech critic Lina Khan named chair of the FTC 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 ButtigiegHigh-speed rail getting last minute push in Congress Buttigieg: Bipartisan deal on infrastructure 'strongly preferred' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden ends infrastructure talks with key Republican | Colonial Pipeline CEO grilled over ransomware attack | Texas gov signs bills to improve power grid after winter storm 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 SandersCentrists gain foothold in infrastructure talks; cyber attacks at center of Biden-Putin meeting Democrats facing tough reelections back bipartisan infrastructure deal The Hill's Morning Report - ObamaCare here to stay MORE (I-Vt.) remains at or near the top of most polls in the primary.