NEW YORK — In a long-standing feud going back decades, it comes as no surprise that there is no love lost between the two New Yorkers running in the 2020 U.S. presidential race as the latest barrage of insults on Twitter on Thursday
The insulter-in-chief reprised his most effective jibe from the 2016 primary campaign when he dissed Bloomberg on Thursday “as a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush.”
“Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see,” Trump tweeted.
Trump made the remarks as he retweeted a crudely Photoshopped image of him towering over Bloomberg. He also gave Bloomberg the ultimate backhanded compliment by unfavorably comparing him to Jeb Bush.
“Jeb has more political skill and has treated the Black community much better than Mini!” Trump tweeted.
Bloomberg wasted little time hitting back at Trump, claiming that some of their shared acquaintances from New York social circles secretly mock him as a “carnival barking clown.”
“Behind your back, they laugh at you,” Bloomberg wrote on Twitter. “They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.”
Trump wishfully predicted that Bloomberg would flop in upcoming debates with seasoned Democratic rivals and predicted that progressive supporters of Bernie Sanders will cry foul at Bloomberg’s river of cash.
“Bernie’s people will go nuts!” Trump tweeted.
The stream of Trump Twitter insults aimed at Bloomberg suggests that the media mogul has gotten under the president’s famously thin skin.
Trump has sought to exploit controversy over Bloomberg’s record on race relations.
A recently resurfaced video showed Bloomberg aggressively defending the racially charged “stop and frisk” policy that he championed during his three terms as mayor — the same policy he has apologized for since joining the Democratic presidential primary race.
While most Democratic presidential candidates, or Democrats in general, have resisted the urge to take the president’s bait, Bloomberg is using the classic adage of “knowing your audience” and is acutely aware that Trump is particularly sensitive to his social status within New York City.
While Trump has Bloomberg beat on height (6-foot-2 vs. 5-foot-7) the former mayor is worth more. Forbes estimates Bloomberg is worth $61.8 billion vs Trump’s net worth is $3.1 billion.
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