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A Short History Of Short Democrats Demanding Booster Boxes At Debates

Trump on Bloomberg
President Trump used part of a Super Bowl pregame interview with Fox New's Sean Hannity to criticize Democrat Michael Bloomberg, the former Republican New York City mayor, who has been blanketing the airwaves with anti-Trump ads as part of his campaign for the Democratic Party’s nomination for president.

President Trump accused Bloomberg, who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, of making a special request for a box to stand on if he qualifies for future presidential debates. "Why he should he get a box to stand on?" Trump asked, according to an excerpt released by Fox and reported by our friends at NewsMax. "Why should he be entitled to that, really? Then does that mean everyone else gets a box?"

Trump is "lying,'' Bloomberg campaign spokeswoman Julie Wood said.

"He is a pathological liar who lies about everything: his fake hair, his obesity, and his spray-on tan," she said.

While Trump's campaign did not immediately respond to questions about the accusation he was lying,, spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany did tweet:

"Someone seems defensive . . ."

Much social media hilarity ensued as Bloomberg claimed Trump was lying about Bloomberg’s demand for a booster box and Trump supporters clapped back.

@ComfortablySmug tweeted:

How are Journos this dim?  Honestly?

By trying to pull a gotcha fact checking on whether Bloomberg actually needs a box to stand on, you've already validated the premise: that Bloomberg is a short, tiny man

Trump's labeling of Mini Mike is now canon

Piers Morgan @piersmorgan tweeted:

Donald Trump’s got the whole of America talking about whether Michael Bloomberg is so small he’ll need to stand on a box for TV debates. This is indisputably a form of genius, stable or otherwise.

@cushbomb tweeted:

The rumors that Mike Bloomberg has requested a box to stand on at the next debate are ludicrous. The campaign has always been clear that Mike will appear on stage strapped to Bill DeBlasio’s shoulders like Master Blaster.

All Star Republican strategist Michael R. Caputo @MichaelRCaputo summed it all up nicely in this tweet replying to @KristenhCNN:

Classic Trump strategy: the comment. The Dem/media faux outrage. The coverage. The Bloomberg reaction. The media resonance - you all give him incredible free media.

Trump takes all the media oxygen he can in 22 seconds, suffocating opponents. (And in the end MRB will use a box.)

However, given the recent history of short Democrats running for President demanding booster boxes for the debates, Trump is likely right, whether he has inside info on Bloomberg’s demands or is playing 3-D chess with Little Mike and his media claque.

In 2016 Hillary Clinton, who is allegedly 5’4” used a customized lectern to mitigate her glaring height difference with Donald Trump.

In 1988, according to The Washington Post, “Dukakis had wanted to stand on a box to appear as tall as Bush. But, according to Bush campaign aides, the two sides agreed that the candidates will stand behind ‘similar adjustable podiums’ on a stage with no height aid for Dukakis.”

In the end, Democrat Michael Dukakis, [who like Bloomberg claimed to be 5’8”], stood on a sloping platform that was hidden behind his lectern to be better matched with the taller George H.W. Bush.

Jimmy Carter argued the “belt buckle rule” to debate negotiators in his 1976 matchup with Gerald Ford, who was 3½ inches taller. Ford’s lectern reached 2½ inches above his belt, under the agreement, and Carter’s 1½ inches.

“The differences were derived by measuring the inches between the floor and the taller candidate’s belt buckle and then splitting the difference,” according to the book “Presidential Debates: The Challenge of Creating an Informed Electorate,” cited in a September 25, 2016 New York Post article by Marisa Schultz and Bruce Golding.

Trump leveled similar attacks against Bloomberg Sunday morning on Twitter, writing, “Many of the ads you are watching were paid for by Mini Mike Bloomberg. He is going nowhere, just wasting his money, but he is getting the DNC to rig the election against Crazy Bernie.”

While the media “fact checked” the President on his swipe at Bloomberg’s height, they seem strangely uninterested in Trump’s criticism of the Democratic National Committee for changing the debate rules in a manner that seems to benefit the billionaire former mayor.

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