US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump blasted the Boston Globe as "stupid" and "worthless" late Sunday, after the daily published a front page satirizing a dystopian US under his term.
“How about that stupid Boston Globe, it’s worthless, sold for a dollar,” he said, during a campaign rally in Rochester, NY. “Did you see that story?"
"The whole front page — they made up a story, they pretended Trump is the president, and they made up the whole front page, it’s a make-believe story, which is really no different from the whole paper — I mean, the whole thing is made up," he continued. "And I think they’re having a big backlash on that one.”
Earlier Sunday, the Globe debuted a front page mock-up of the US under a Trump presidency.
Articles included one about American soldiers refusing to follow orders to kill the families of members of the Islamic State (ISIS) group, another on a Republican-controlled Congress passing a libel law targeting "absolute scum" in the press, and another detailing how Trump sparked a diplomatic crisis with China after naming his dog, a Shar-Pei, after Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan.
A note from the editor at the bottom of the page warns readers that "what you read on this page is what might happen if the GOP frontrunner can put his ideas into practice, his words into action." The accompanying editorial urges Republicans to oppose the "un-American" Trump.