Trump does make a point. Ryan has been wishy-washy from the beginning, and Trump is just done. Do you think this is a good move for Trump?
If this was the restrained Donald Trump, establishment Republicans led by Speaker Paul Ryan are about to find out what the unshackled one is like.
In an escalating feud that highlights the internal GOP schism over Trump’s candidacy, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump unloaded on Ryan a day after Ryan told fellow Republicans he would not campaign for his own party’s nominee.
Trump blasted Ryan for for providing ‘zero support’ for his campaign – then hinted there was much more to come.
‘It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,’ Trump tweeted late Tuesday morning.
He started the barrage against Ryan with an early morning tweet.
‘Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,’ the GOP presidential candidate tweeted Tuesday, the day after Ryan distanced himself from Trump on a GOP conference call.
‘Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!’ Trump wrote in another tweet.
Trump sent out the initial tweet Tuesday morning, then deleted it and sent it out again after correcting the spelling of the word ‘despite.’
It was Trump’s second shot at Ryan in as many days, after Ryan said he won’t campaign for GOP presidential nominee in a stunning party split.
Trump was referencing pushback Ryan received on the call from conservative fellow-Republicans like Rep. Louis Gohmert of Texas, who urged his colleagues to stand by Trump.
Appearing on Fox News on Tuesday, Gohmert, a Texas Republican, blamed Bill Clinton for Trump’s comments on the infamous ‘p****’ tape.
‘Trump has said some things that are very vile back when he was supporting people like Bill Clinton, but if you’re Bill Clinton’s big buddy, like he was at one time, you’re going to talk like Bill Clinton and I think we need to forgive him for talking like big Democrats, like Clinton and other foul-mouthed people,’ Gohmert said.
‘Now he is a Republican, James Dobson tells me he’s become a Christian. So look, we forgive him for the past because he’s asked for it.’
Trump, who’s campaign has been marked by a series of escalating insults of opponents and establishment figures from his own party, then tweeted that, ‘It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.’
Ryan’s response to the slew of attacks was mild.
His office said he’s focused on defeating Democrats ‘and all Republicans running for office should probably do the same.’
The clash comes as more than three dozen other elected Republicans bailed on Trump following the release of the 11-year old tape of Trump making crude comments about women before taping an appearance on a soap opera.
As word first broke about Ryan’s decision not to campaign for Trump Monday, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong told DailyMail.com: ‘The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities.
Trump responded to the news on Twitter saying: ‘Paul Ryan should more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.’
Ryan has spent decades carving out a role as a budget expert and once chaired the House Budget Committee.
Trump had been set to appear with Ryan at his annual ‘Fall Fest’ when the explosive ‘Access Hollywood’ tapes emerged. He got asked not to attend, and vice presidential nominee Mike Pence later withdrew.