After teasing it with the tweet "The front page we hope to never publish" on Friday, the Boston Globe has run their worst case scenario front page.
On Sunday morning, the paper published a "Trump won" mock-up issue complete with the headline "Deportations to Begin."
By Sunday evening, the billionaire responded in classic fashion at a rally in Rochester, New York.
"How about that stupid Boston Globe, it’s worthless, sold for a dollar," he said. “Did you see that 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. And I think they’re having a big backlash on that one.”
Kathleen Kingsbury, deputy managing editor of the editorial page, later defended the paper's decision.
“We delivered copies of the editorial to his campaign because we wanted to make sure he saw what we wrote,”
"He [Trump] responded with more empty rhetoric and few details."
The front page ran as a sort of complement to an opinion piece from the paper titled "The GOP Must Stop Trump."
The fake front page, however, makes its own statement by bashing the Republican frontrunner's stance on immigration, trade and international relations.
Stories on the front page include "Markets sink as trade war looms," "US soldiers refuse orders to kill ISIS families," and "New libel law targets 'absolute scum' in press."
In its closing, the piece suggests there's no hope for a Republican victory in November and advocates for an upheaval at this summer's convention in which a more traditional politician is elected the party standard-bearer.
"The Republican Party’s standard deserves to be hoisted by an honorable and decent man, like Romney or Ryan, elected on the convention floor. It is better to lose with principle than to accept a dangerous deal from a demagogue," it reads.