During a rally Monday night in Tacoma, Washington attended by more than 17,000 people, Sen. Bernie Sanders took aim at billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg\u0026#039;s efforts to buy his way into presidential contention, condemned the former New York City mayor\u0026#039;s record of supporting racist policies, and highlighted the former Republican\u0026#039;s history of opposing basic progressive economic initiatives like raising the federal minimum wage.\u0022Today, we say to Mayor Bloomberg, we are a democracy, not an oligarchy,\u0022 Sanders said to cheers from the crowd. \u0022You are not going to buy this election.\u0022\u0022We say to Mr. Bloomberg, you are certainly not going to win when you have a record in New York City that included racist policies like stop and frisk,\u0022 the Vermont senator added. \u0022You\u0026#039;re not going to win an election when you oppose raising the minimum wage... You\u0026#039;re not going to win an election when you call for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.\u0022.@BernieSanders to over 17,000 in Tacoma, Washington:\u0022Today we say to Mayor Bloomberg: we are a democracy, not an oligarchy, you\u0026#039;re not gonna buy this election... pic.twitter.com/jFjVdJ2Mwk— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) February 18, 2020Sanders\u0026#039; rally in Washington, the largest any candidate has held in the state in the 2020 election cycle so far, came after Bloomberg late Monday added to his earlier attacks on the Sanders campaign with an email to supporters containing the all-caps subject line: \u0022BERNIE\u0026#039;S NEW BRO... DONALD TRUMP.\u0022The email cited a number of tweets from Sanders staffers calling Bloomberg an \u0022oligarch\u0022 and a \u0022racist\u0022 and claimed Sanders and Trump are using the \u0022very same attacks and tactics against Mike.\u0022In response, Sanders Monday night tweeted an old photo of Trump and Bloomberg on the golf course:https://t.co/XwB74v3u0w pic.twitter.com/UID9vVK1yi— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) February 17, 2020Bloomberg on Tuesday morning officially qualified for Wednesday\u0026#039;s Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas with a poll showing him in second place nationally, 12 percentage points behind Sanders.David Sirota, Sanders\u0026#039; speechwriter, tweeted Monday that Bloomberg\u0026#039;s attacks on Sanders \u0022can be best understood as the enraged temper tantrum of a billionaire who has up until now been able to buy everything he wants—but who is now worried he may not be able to buy the presidency, and so he\u0026#039;s lashing out in an effort to silence critics.\u0022\u0022Michael Bloomberg can throw all the temper tantrums he wants,\u0022 Sirota added, \u0022but we will not be silenced—we will continue to show exactly why Bernie Sanders has a far better record and will be a far better nominee than the billionaire former GOP mayor trying to buy the primary.\u0022Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that the new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll showed Bloomberg in second place in Nevada. The survey was national. The error has been fixed.