Sanders and Bloomberg trade blows as Democratic race heats up

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The gloves proceed to return off within the race for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, with Bernie Sanders accusing billionaire Mike Bloomberg of shopping for the election and attacking the previous New York City mayor’s report on race, and Bloomberg taking a swipe on the Vermont senator and his fervent supporters.

On Sunday, Sanders launched his newest offensive towards Bloomberg at a Democratic Party dinner in Las Vegas, the place he denounced “stop and frisk” policing that disproportionately focused African-Americans throughout Bloomberg’s tenure as mayor.

“Regardless of how much money a multibillionaire candidate is willing to spend on his election,” Sanders mentioned, “we will not create the energy and excitement we need to defeat Donald Trump if that candidate pursued, advocated for and enacted racist policies like stop-and-frisk, which caused communities of color in his city to live in fear.”

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Sen. Bernie Sanders. (David J. Phillip/AP, Jason Connolly/AFP via Getty Images)
Michael Bloomberg and Bernie Sanders. (David J. Phillip/AP, Jason Connolly/AFP

Bloomberg, who has apologized for his previous help of the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk techniques, responded in a tweet that included a video clip that includes alleged Sanders supporters — their names are blurred out — attacking different candidates’ followers on social media.

“We need to unite to defeat Trump in November,” Bloomberg tweeted. “This type of ‘energy’ is not going to get us there.”

Last week, Sanders was amongst a number of Democratic candidates to take goal at Bloomberg, who has staked his private fortune on successful the White House, flooding the airwaves with adverts which have helped him rise to double digits in some current nationwide polls.

“I don’t think people look at the guy in the White House and say, ‘Oh, I want someone richer,’” Sen. Amy Klobuchar mentioned on ABC’s “The View.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren attacked Bloomberg over a 2008 assertion that ending redlining, a discriminatory housing apply, helped set off the financial meltdown.

“A video just came out yesterday in which Michael Bloomberg is saying, in effect, that the 2008 financial crash was caused because the banks weren’t permitted to discriminate against black and brown people,” Warren mentioned at a Thursday rally in Virginia. “That crisis would not have been averted if the banks had been able to be bigger racists. And anyone who thinks that should not be the leader of our party.”

Warren additionally took a swipe at Bloomberg’s late entry into the Democratic race.

“We’ve been going at this for about a year,” she mentioned. “Some people got in a little later than others. Michael Bloomberg came in on the billionaire plan — just buy yourself the nomination.”

Bloomberg, whose marketing campaign is self-funded and never accepting donations, is near qualifying for subsequent week’s debate after the Democratic National Committee introduced new rules eschewing the minimal donor necessities that have been in place for all the earlier contests. The new threshold is 10 % or extra help in at the least 4 DNC-approved polls by Feb. 18. (Bloomberg has three.)

Asked on “CBS This Morning” whether or not Bloomberg must be allowed on the talk stage, Sanders mentioned, “Of course not.”

“Some very good friends of mine who were competing in the Democratic nomination — people like Cory Booker … Julián Castro — worked really, really hard,” Sanders mentioned. “Nobody changed the rules to get them into the debate. But I guess if you’re worth $60 billion you can change the rules.”