Trump repeats call for Sanders to run as independent
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Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpOver 100 lawmakers consistently voted against chemical safeguards: study CNN's Anderson Cooper unloads on Trump Jr. for spreading 'idiotic' conspiracy theories about him Cohn: Jamie Dimon would be 'phenomenal' president MORE on Thursday reiterated his call for Democratic hopeful Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersProtecting democracy requires action from all of us Kavanaugh hires attorney amid sexual assault allegations: report Amazon probes allegations of employees leaking data for bribes: report 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.