Donald Trump unveils a new nickname for Bernie Sanders

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In a series of tweets Wednesday morning, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee mocked Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton for losing the West Virginia primary on Tuesday to the "crazy" Sanders.

"Big wins in West Virginia and Nebraska. Get ready for November -- Crooked Hillary, who is looking very bad against Crazy Bernie, will lose!" Trump wrote, using his preferred moniker for Clinton.

He continued in a second tweet: "I don't want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary. His time will come!"

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Attendees await the start of a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (not pictured) at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
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Attendees hold signs in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Natalia Plaza (L) and Suzanne Tufan, with their faces painted, wait for a campaign rally with U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York, New York April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
An attendee wears a t-shirt in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
An attendee holds a sign in support of Senator Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and 2016 Democratic presidential candidate, not pictured, at a campaign event in New York, U.S., on Wednesday, April 13, 2016. Sanders stepped up his feud with General Electric Co., denouncing the manufacturer as 'greedy' and accusing Chief Executive Officer Jeffrey Immelt of not being truthful in responding to the attacks. Photographer: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 13: Rosario Dawson speaks onstage at a campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (not pictured) at Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 13: Film director Spike Lee attends the Bernie Sanders rally in Washington Square Park on April 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/FilmMagic)
MANHATTAN, NY - APRIL 13: U.S. Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-VT) campaigns at Washington Square Park in Manhattan, NY, on April 13, 2016. (Photo by Yana Paskova/For The Washington Post via Getty Images)
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters at his campaign rally in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders addresses supporters at his campaign rally in Washington Square Park in the Greenwich Village neighborhood of New York City, April 13, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
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Despite Sanders' win in West Virginia, Clinton still has an overwhelming advantage in pledged delegates and unpledged, "superdelegates," making her the all-but-certain Democratic presidential nominee.

Early on in the presidential cycle, Trump adopted a campaign tactic of attaching a derogatory nickname to each of his opponents, and repeating the nickname ad nauseam. The real-estate mogul's supporters chanted "Lyin' Ted" at campaign rallies after Trump rolled out the nickname earlier this year, while "Little Marco" often prompted laughter and jeers from audiences at Trump events.

"You have to brand people a certain way when they're your opponent," Trump said at a rally in March.

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It's a tactic that's worked well for the real-estate magnate, who recently told The New York Times' Mark Leibovich that his penchant for developing nicknames was "an instinct."

When Sen. Ted Cruz confronted a pro-Trump protester in Indiana before the state's primary, the Trump supporter shouted back "Lyin' Ted" while the senator attempted to disprove Trump's claims about how he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border.

Trump's rivals have attempted to replicate the presumptive nominee's nicknaming to little success. Cruz grasped at several nicknames during the cycle that failed to stick, while Democrats' attempts to brand Trump "Dangerous Donald" last week were not particularly well received.

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