Michael Bloomberg Fends Off Old Controversy, Trump Insults: The Rundown

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Facebook said it is asking creators and influencers who were involved in Bloomberg's meme campaign to retroactively apply the branded content tag to applicable posts, adding that these guidelines are in place only in the USA for now as it continues to evolve its policies.

The two wealthy New Yorkers are honing their attacks as a once cordial relationship turns toxic. In turn, Bloomberg has poured hundreds of millions into the race - reportedly more than $250 million on TV and radio ads - and has said that he'll be willing to continue to onslaught even if he is not the nominee.

Bloomberg could appear on the debate stage for the first time in Las Vegas next week, after the Democratic National Committee changed its qualifying rules to drop the requirement that a candidate must ascertain a certain number of unique donors, prompting complaints from his 2020 rivals.

"When US President Donald Trump declared Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg to be a "5'4" mass of dead energy", those were fighting words.

Trump shortchanged all that in his tweet, cutting Bloomberg's height by several inches. While Bloomberg is now listed on Google at 5 foot 8, the former mayor of NY once identified himself as 5 foot 7.

Today Bloomberg's campaign mocked Trump again over his comments on the coronavirus in which POTUS said, "Now the virus that we are talking about having to do, you know, lotta people think that goes away in April, with the heat", by basically just splicing it with that famous Billy Madison "What you have just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things..." scene.

Trump's insult got a rise out of Bloomberg, who tweeted to Trump: "Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence", he blisteringly wrote, before offering a final warning.

The Miles, Bell and Hardy endorsements came on Thursday, hours after Bloomberg announced his Mike for Black America initiative, a program to help engage the black community on key issues.

He also used one of Trump's favorite Twitter tactics, tweeting out a GIF of Russell Crowe from Gladiator.

Bloomberg, whose wealth Forbes estimates at $61.8bn, continued: "I have the record & the resources to defeat you".

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