Trump repeats call for Sanders to run as independent
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John Trump2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate Senate passes .5 billion border bill, setting up fight with House 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again MORE on Thursday reiterated his call for Democratic hopeful Bernie SandersBernie Sanders2020 Democrats spar over socialism ahead of first debate 'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates 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
 
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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 Clinton'Teflon Don' avoids the scorn of the 'family values' GOP — again Don't expect Trump-sized ratings for Democratic debates Ocasio-Cortez on Biden: 'I think that he's not a pragmatic choice' MORE being overwhelming likely to clinch the nomination.