Democratic presidential candidate Tom Steyer said that President Trump’s insulting him was a sign of panic as the Senate impeachment trial got underway.
On Wednesday morning, Trump retweeted a comment mocking Steyer over a clip of the candidate attempting to converse with Sen. Bernie Sanders following a campaign event in South Carolina, calling the billionaire “a major loser” who “just doesn’t get it.”
Steyer replied a half hour later, tweeting, “Donald, you're just jealous nobody wants to say hi to you. Impeachment is forever bye. This has to hurt.”
He was interviewed on Yahoo News’ “Hot Mic With Brittany Shepherd.”
“I think I basically tweeted at him to remind him he’s the one who’s been impeached and is on trial,” said Steyer. “So maybe he should be paying a little more attention to that.”
“I don’t listen to what Donald Trump has to say,” he continued, “and in fact I think he’s obviously scared. He only reacts out of panic and fear, so as long as he’s tweeting at me, that means he’s scared of me, so as far as I’m concerned, ‘Bring it on, Donald.’”
Steyer urged Trump’s impeachment long before the process began in the House last fall, spending heavily on his “Need to Impeach” campaign, along the way building an email list he eventually leveraged in his presidential run. While Steyer remains in low single digits in national polling, he has reached the top three in surveys of both Nevada and South Carolina, where he has vastly outspent his competitors on television advertising.
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He also weighed in on 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s dismissive comments about Sanders, published Tuesday, in which she said “nobody likes him, nobody wants to work with him.” Steyer said disagreements about policy were fair game, but he distanced himself from personal attacks such as Clinton’s, and others that have surfaced in the campaign.
“I do like Bernie,” said Steyer, “and I thought I don’t think this is the time people should be sniping at each other within the Democratic Party about personalities, about wine caves, about old videos or private conversations that took place over a year ago. This is the time we need to get together to beat Donald Trump, and that’s what I’m trying to focus on.”
Steyer was referring to attacks on former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg over holding a fundraiser in a Napa Valley wine cave and a disputed conversation between Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.