Washington (CNN)One septuagenarian New Yorker is a “5’4″ mass of dead energy.” The other septuagenarian New Yorker is a “carnival barking clown.” Both are hoping to be president next year.
The sniping between President Donald Trump and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg started on Twitter but spilled into real life during a campaign stop in North Carolina.
Neither man seemed wary of reducing their political sparring to insults about appearance, height or intelligence levels. It was a good indication of sourness to come as Trump eyes Bloomberg’s rise in Democratic primary polls.
The incumbent initiated the insult volleys on Thursday morning, retweeting an altered image of Bloomberg that made him look shorter than a large stack of papers.
“Mini Mike Bloomberg is a LOSER who has money but can’t debate and has zero presence, you will see,” Trump wrote, comparing his potential rival to another onetime Republican presidential candidate, Jeb Bush, who he also once accused of lacking energy.
He followed up, calling Bloomberg a “5’4″ mass of dead energy who does not want to be on the debate stage with these professional politicians.” (Bloomberg is 5 foot 7, according to his medical records).
“No boxes please,” Trump went on, alluding to his unfounded claim a week ago that Bloomberg might request a platform to enhance his height during debates.
On his Twitter a short time later, Bloomberg wrote back.
“We know many of the same people in NY. Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown,” he said. “They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.”
He extended the insults during a campaign stop in Greensboro, North Carolina, a few hours later.
“Donald, where I come from we measure your height from the neck up,” he said. “I am not afraid of Donald Trump. Donald Trum