The Trump 2020 Campaign declared Monday (Dec. 2) that it will not invite reporters from Bloomberg for future media events. The announcement comes after Bloomberg News stated they will not be investigating their boss and the newest arrival to the 2020 presidential race, Michael Bloomberg.

Last month, Bloomberg’s editor-in-chief John Micklethwait said the news service would refrain from scrutinizing Bloomberg or any other democratic hopeful. It will, however, continue to investigate the Trump administration. Trump campaign chairman, Brad Pascale calls the decision an “open declaration of bias,” and says that the campaign would no longer credential the company’s reporters for rallies or other campaign events.

In response to the decision, Micklethwait noted: “The accusation of bias couldn’t be further from the truth. We have covered Donald Trump fairly and in an unbiased way since he became a candidate in 2015 and will continue to do so despite the restrictions imposed by the Trump campaign.”

Cam-Pains

The Trump campaign’s decision is just one of many with which camp Bloomberg will have to contend as they navigate the murky interconnected waters of media and politics. In a climate that is increasingly distrustful of the press, whether it’s justified or not, Bloomberg’s media mogul history and his organization’s decision not to investigate him is the reddest of meat for Trump’s base.

Combine this with his late-in-the-game arrival, his age, and his billions of dollars (all of which are anathema to progressive voters), and his chances of victory look grimmer. On the other side of the coin, the Trump campaign’s decision to bar Bloomberg News may be just the beginning of a deeply contentious “blood-sport” 2020 race.