Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump has slammed Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont for endorsing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. The business mogul took to Twitter to accuse Sanders of being a sellout.
On July 12, Sanders joined Clinton on stage at a campaign event in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. The two previously bitter rivals for the Democratic nomination called for party unity to defeat Trump, according to Fortune.
"I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president," Sanders said.
The Vermont Senator said the 2016 presidential election "is about the needs of the American people and addressing the very serious crises that we face. And there is no doubt in my mind that, as we head into November, Hillary Clinton is far and away the best candidate to do that."
Sanders proceeded to outline Clinton’s policy positions on the minimum wage, income inequality, racial discrimination and climate change, declaring that Trump would be disastrous on these issues.
“If you don’t believe this election is important, take a moment to think about the Supreme Court justices that Donald Trump will nominate, and what that means to civil liberties, civil rights and the future of our country,” Sanders said.
Trump preemptively took to Twitter to blast Sanders for his endorsing Clinton, suggesting that he was betraying his staunchest supporters.
“Bernie Sanders, who has lost most of his leverage, has totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton,” Trump tweeted. “he will endorse her today — fans angry!”
“I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters,” Trump wrote shortly afterwards. “They are not happy that he is selling out!”
Following Sanders’ announcement, Trump took to Twitter again to slam the endorsement and ask for the Vermont senator’s supporters to flock to his campaign.
“Bernie Sanders endorsing Crooked Hillary Clinton is like Occupy Wall Street endorsing Goldman Sachs,” Trump tweeted.
The presumptive GOP nominee followed up with, “To all the Bernie voters who want to stop bad trade deals & global special interests, we welcome you with open arms.”
Earlier that morning, the Trump campaign had sent out an email to subscribed supporters that outlined five reasons “Sanders supporters will never be excited about Hillary Clinton," according to Politico.
The email reportedly listed Clinton’s previous support of global trade deals and her connections with the financial and political establishment as reasons why Sanders’ supporters should side with Trump instead.