Donald Trump escalated his war of words with Paul Ryan saying that the Republican House Speaker would lose his position if he is elected president, the Daily Mail is reporting.
The 70-year-old politician took his bitter battle with the Republican Party to a whole new level when Paul Ryan declared that he would no longer campaign or support the Manhattan businessman in the race to the White House.
Party establishment figures had been abandoning Donald Trump since a 2005 lewd video showed him berating women in crude terms. It proved to be the last straw for House Speaker Ryan, who told Republicans in Congress that they were not under any obligation to continue to support Mr. Trump, adding that they needed to think of their political careers and how the Republican Party could seize the majority of Congress at the elections.
Trump had laid the groundwork among his supporters that he was being sabotaged by his party and pointed a finger at Paul Ryan saying he was to be held largely responsible if he did not win the November 8 elections.
The Republican presidential nominee, still seething from the events, had appeared on The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Tuesday night where he lambasted Ryan again and the party that nominated him to run for the presidency.
“The fact is, I think we should support and we don’t get support from guys like Paul Ryan…I don’t really want his support…if you sneeze he calls up and announces isn’t that a terrible thing…I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support.”
When host Bill O’Reilly queried Mr. Trump about the need to still work with Paul Ryan after the election for the benefit of the party, the 70-year-old businessman turned politician said that looked largely unlikely and that he would push for party leadership change if he won.
“I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn’t be there, maybe he’ll be in a different position.”
During the interview, the former reality TV host snapped at Senator John McCain, who confirmed on Saturday that he would not be voting for the fiery businessman.
“The very foul-mouthed Senator John McCain begged for my support during his primary… he easily wins his primary and then all of a sudden he does the unendorsement thing…he’s never heard salty language before. John McCain who probably has the dirtiest mouth in all of the Senate.”
Trump had clashed with the Arizona senator last year when he said McCain, a decorated veteran was not a war hero because he was captured and imprisoned during the Vietnam War. Both men mended fences, but the relationship deteriorated when the video of Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women emerged.
Trump unleashed a barrage of tweets early Tuesday against his party and calling Ryan “weak and ineffective” adding now that the gloves had come off, he could campaign any way he wanted against his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, without Republican Party interference.
Trump continues to ridicule Republicans and also make allegations against Hillary Clinton to fire up his base of supporters. The unconventional politician has said he would appoint a special prosecutor to jail Clinton and also warned that he would ramp up his personal attacks if more morally incorrect videos of him emerge.
Independent voters and Christian conservatives who had tilted towards Trump before are now turning off after the sexist video fallout and his combustible attitude. Many Christians had been supporting Mr. Trump because they felt he would champion social issues, but have been recently taken aback and believe he is on a path towards self-destruction.
Despite the massive exodus of support from Trump, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Tuesday revealed that 58 percent of Republicans still wanted Trump as the party’s nominee and 68 percent wanted the party leadership to still stand by him.
Over 331 serving Republican governors, senators, and House members have condemned Trump’s unsavory remarks in the lewd video. Approximately one in 10 have asked him to drop out of the presidential race.
Trump has said that will never happen.
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