Trump unleashes tirade against Bill Kristol over independent bid.

Trump Unleashes Tirade After Bill Kristol Says Independent Candidate Will Run

Trump Unleashes Tirade After Bill Kristol Says Independent Candidate Will Run

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May 30 2016 10:13 AM

Trump Unleashes Tirade After Bill Kristol Says Independent Candidate Will Run

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Donald Trump speaks at a rally on May 25, 2016 in Anaheim, California.

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Donald Trump did not wait to reply. Less than two hours after Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol sent out a tweet that said there would soon be news of an “impressive” independent presidential candidate, the presumptive Republican nominee went on the attack. In a series of tweets, the real estate mogul called Kristol a “dummy” and an “embarrassed loser.” He then said Republicans can “say good bye to the Supreme Court” if an independent contender does materialize.

It all started with a mysterious-sounding tweet from Kristol in which he assured readers that “there will be an indepenent candidate” who is “impressive,” and has “a real chance.”

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Trump quickly fired back, first calling on Republicans to “be tough.”

He then characterized Kristol as a “lightweight” who was trying to “set up a spoiler Indie candidate”

And proceeded to warn of the consequence that a “spoiler” candidate would have on the Supreme Court.

Kristol’s brief, mysterious message was interesting considering the timing. It came mere days after Kristol said in a Bloomberg podcast that Mitt Romney was seriously considering a third-party candidacy. “The real last chance here is with Mitt Romney, who has said ‘no’ but who I think is thinking seriously about it,” Kristol said last week. “He is a very serious person, he really knows that Trump should not be president of the United States. He strongly believes that Hillary Clinton should not be president of the United States.” Earlier this month, Yahoo News reported that Romney had ruled out an independent presidential candidacy

Daniel Politi has been contributing to Slate since 2004 and wrote the Today’s Papers column from 2006 to 2009. Follow him on Twitter.