President Donald Trump went on Twitter to accuse former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg of trying to “illegally” buy his way into the Democratic race, criticizing his self-funding strategy. 

“What Mini Mike is doing is nothing less than a large scale illegal campaign contribution. He is ‘spreading’ money all over the place, only to have recipients of his cash payments, many former opponents, happily joining or supporting his campaign. Isn’t that called a payoff?” Trump said.

“Mini is illegally buying the Democrat Nomination,” Trump continued, adding that he believed the Democratic Party was trying to steal the candidacy from Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. “They are taking it away from Bernie again. Mini Mike, Major Party Nominations are not for sale! Good luck in the debate tomorrow night and remember, no standing on boxes!”

This comes as Bloomberg leads a steadily rising campaign, mostly funded by his own money.  

Bloomberg responded to Trump on twitter asking, “Why do you want to run against Bernie so badly?” Trump torted back, “Mini Mike. No, I’d rather run against you!”