How tall is 'mini Mike' Bloomberg? Height-obsessed Trump mocks rival's stature - but he wouldn't be so short on the world stage

Donald Trump claims billionaire presidential hopeful is 5'4" in a series of scathing tweets. Is he right? 

Chris Riotta
New York
Thursday 13 February 2020 19:49 GMT
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Let’s just be honest: we all did a quick Google search to see how tall billionaire presidential hopeful Mike Bloomberg really is after Donald Trump called him a “5’4” mass of dead energy” on Twitter.

The former New York City mayor’s height has become one of the latest obsessions of the president as he live-tweets the 2020 Democratic primaries, handing out nicknames to the candidates and hurling frequent attacks at those who catch his eye.

Mr Trump dubbed Mr Bloomberg “Mini Mike” in recent weeks, and ramped up his insults in a series of scathing tweets on Thursday morning that referred to the Democratic candidate as “a tiny version of Jeb ‘Low Energy’ Bush”.

So, just how tall is Mr Bloomberg after all? The president appeared to be exaggerating — or just flat out lying — when he suggested the former mayor was 5’4”.

While he may be underneath the national average for men (5’10”), Mr Bloomberg is not, in fact, that short.

In reality, Mr Bloomberg stands at 5’8”, according to Google. However, both he and Mr Trump have faced accusations of not being sincere about their heights.

While an investigation by the conservative news site Free Beacon claimed the Google listing for Mr Bloomberg was “far too generous”, other news outlets have pointed to discrepancies surrounding the president’s height as well.

For example, while Mr Trump was reportedly listed as 6’2” on his drivers license, a medical report released by White House physician Dr Ronny Jackson in 2018 had him growing an inch higher to 6’3”. That same record conveniently placed the president a single pound under the obesity classification, and was widely seen as questionable following its release.

The president has seemingly always been obsessed with size, using it to belittle his apparent enemies over the years and lift up his supporters.

Mr Trump nicknamed Tennessee Senator Bob Corker “Liddle’ Bob Corker” and Florida Senator Marco Rubio “Little Marco” in 2016.

A year later, he said he was endorsing former Alabama Senator Luther Strange, who he called “Big Luther” in a tweet. Mr Strange is 6’9”.

Mr Trump does stand quite tall on the world stage when compared to other international leaders. His friend in the UK, Prime Minister Boris Johnson, is 5’9”, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel stands at 5’5”.

He’s arguably about the same height as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who stands at 6’2”, but shorter than Serbia’s Aleksandar Vucic, who is 6’6”, according to reports.

Mr Bloomberg falls somewhere in between other world leaders when it comes to height: Russian President Vladimir Putin is a reported 5’7”, while Chinese President Xi Jinping is 5’9”.

Of course, height is not in any way an indication of one’s capabilities. In response to the president’s attacks, Mr Bloomberg said in a tweet of his own: “I have the record & the resources to defeat you. And I will.”

“We know many of the same people in NY,” Mr Bloomberg added in response to Mr Trump. “Behind your back they laugh at you & call you a carnival barking clown. They know you inherited a fortune & squandered it with stupid deals and incompetence.”

That burn ought to knock the president down a couple inches.

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