Sanders on Bloomberg: Trump Would 'Chew Him Up and Spit Him Out' on Debate Stage

February 21, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) said that his 2020 rival Michael Bloomberg's poor debate performance shows the billionaire would likely lose to President Donald Trump.

"If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out," Sanders said during a 60 Minutes interview that will air in full Sunday.

CNN anchor and 60 Minutes contributor Anderson Cooper asked Sanders whether he was less worried about Bloomberg being a threat in the Democratic primary following the debate. Sanders said he was worried about an "unprecedented amount of money being spent on a campaign."

Sanders and some of the other Democratic presidential candidates criticized the billionaire former mayor of New York during Wednesday night's debate in Las Vegas for his history of sexist comments, his wealth, and his stop-and-frisk program, which gave New York police officers the authority to stop anyone without a warrant if they suspected them of committing a crime.

Trump mocked Bloomberg's debate performance during his rally on Thursday night.

"I don’t know if anybody watched last night’s debate," Trump said. "And you know what, Mini Mike didn’t do well last night. I was going to send him a note, saying, 'It’s not easy doing what I do, is it?'"

He went on to say Bloomberg "choked."