Trump is at it again. He's given nicknames and traded epithets with just about every candidate who crossed his path on the debate stage. Every candidate, that is, except for John Kasich.

Perhaps Trump ignored Kasich because he is, for so many establishment Republicans, the last voice of reason in an insane season of politics. Or perhaps it was because Kasich was so far behind in polls and primaries that he didn't seem worth the effort.

But following the news that Kasich and Cruz are working together in some of the last state primaries to foil Trump's bid for the Republican nomination, Trump finally came out of the woodwork and bestowed a nickname on Trump.

It's not great, but it's definitely something for Trump to build upon. He's now taken to calling Kasich, "1 for 38 Kasich," like in this tweet.

"Lyin' Ted Cruz and 1 for 38 Kasich are unable to beat me on their own so they have to team up (collusion) in a two on one. Shows weakness!"

Trump is obviously ticked off that Kasich and Cruz decided to stop campaigning against each other in states where one or the other has the best chance of success. For example, in Indiana--near Kasich's home state of Ohio--Cruz stopped campaigning, leaving Kasich to battle head-on with Trump. Kasich likewise stopped campaigning in New Mexico, a state where Cruz is hoping to have a good showing.

Calls of colluding aside, it's intriguing that Trump is finally going after Kasich for something. Could it be that the strategy Cruz's and Kasich's campaigns cooked up could have an effect on Trump's rapid success?

Perhaps, but it's far more likely that Trump is simply calling it like he sees it. As he stated in one interview about Kasich, the guy "only won 1 state out of 41, in other words, he is 1 for 41 and he is not even doing as well as other candidates who could have stubbornly stayed in the race like him but chose not to do so."

Trump v. Kasich. Sure to be interesting, folks. Stay tuned.

h/t: The Hill



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