Trump repeats call for Sanders to run as independent
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE on Thursday reiterated his call for Democratic hopeful Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersA case for open borders and how it can boost the world economy Sen. Sanders: 'Hypocrite' Trump rants against undocumented immigrants, but hires them at his properties On The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Trump floats tariffs on European cars | Nikki Haley slams UN report on US poverty | Will tax law help GOP? It's a mystery MORE to run as an independent in the fall. 

"Bernie Sanders has been treated terribly by the Democrats — both with delegates & otherwise. He should show them, & run as an Independent," Trump tweeted
Trump sent a tweet last week with nearly identical phrasing. Sanders's wife, Jane Sanders, quickly dismissed the suggestion, insisting her husband, a democratic socialist who calls himself an independent in the Senate, didn't intend to play "spoiler."
Trump is rehashing the call amid rumblings among Republicans that a third-party candidate should emerge on the right as an alternative to the real estate mogul in the fall. 
Sen. Ben Sasse (Neb.) and some other Republicans have expressed support for an alternative candidate, though no likely figures have emerged. 
Some elected GOP officials have resigned themselves to Trump as the nominee, and others have been left in a bind over what candidate they'll support in November.
Meanwhile, Sanders insisted this week he'll stay in the Democratic race "until the last vote is counted" despite rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonColorado governor teases possible presidential run Mueller asks judge for September sentencing for Papadopoulos House Judiciary Committee subpoenas FBI agent who sent anti-Trump texts MORE being overwhelming likely to clinch the nomination.