Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton on July 12, which raised the ire of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
According to The Hill, Trump slammed Sanders on Twitter in an apparent effort to woo Sanders' supporters:
"Bernie Sanders, who has lost most of his leverage, has totally sold out to Crooked Hillary Clinton. He will endorse her today - fans angry!"
"I am somewhat surprised that Bernie Sanders was not true to himself and his supporters. They are not happy that he is selling out!"
However, Trump got angry responses from several of Sanders' supporters, notes Raw Story:
@realDonaldTrump I am somewhat surprised that you're still running when it's clear women are going to rule the world starting this year.
@realDonaldTrump Ryan is going to take your nomination. Hahahahaha!
@realDonaldTrump you’re more used to going bankrupt than selling out…
@realDonaldTrump His fans (and I'm one of them) are still way too smart to ever vote for you, you doughy orange menace.
@realDonaldTrump we don't support racists. sorry.
@realDonaldTrump Bernie flat out called you a charlatan who has to be stopped. His supporters will never vote for you #LosinDonald
@realDonaldTrump yeah [email protected] off ... No thanks.
@realDonaldTrump You truly mistake @BernieSanders supporters. We all know you're worse than everyone else. #NeverTrump.
@realDonaldTrump Bernie supporters are not nearly as dumb as your base. This is embarrassing.
@realDonaldTrump your policies are no where close to what Bernie pushed for.
Throughout American political history, it's been common for candidates to support the eventual nominee of their party, although that has not been true in Trump's case with Republican Gov. John Kasich of Ohio, who has repeatedly refused to endorse the presumptive candidate.
Former GOP candidate Jeb Bush, who has also refused to support Trump, told MSNBC on July 11:
There isn’t going to be a wall built. And Mexico’s not going to pay for it. And there’s not going to be a ban on Muslims. ... this is all like an alternative universe that he created.
The reality is, that’s not going to happen. And people are going to be deeply frustrated, and the divides will grow in our country. And this extraordinary country, still the greatest country on the face of the Earth, will continue to stagger instead of soar. And that's the heartbreaking part of this, is I think people are really going to feel betrayed.