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DONALD Trump has hinted at revenge for certain Republicans who have failed to support him, suggesting some may lose their jobs if he is elected.
Mr Trump told The O’Reilly Factor that House Speaker Paul Ryan could be the first in the firing line.
Mr Ryan has told fellow Republicans in tight election races to focus on their seat rather than supporting the party’s nominee for president.
“The fact is, I think we should get support and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan,” he said. “I’m just tired of nonsupport and I don’t really want his support. This happens all the time — if you sneeze he calls up and announces isn’t that a terrible thing.”
When O’Reilly suggested that Trump may need Mr Ryan’s support if he is elected, Trump replied, “I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn’t be there, maybe he’ll be in a different position.”
His comments come after 40 Republicans revoked their endorsement of Trump in the wake of a damaging video which showed the billionaire bragging about being able to sexually assault women because he is a star.
Trump’s threats may have brought on Republican dissadent back to the fold.
Nebraska Senator Deb Fischer called for Trump to be replaced at the top of the ticket by his Republican running mate, Mike Pence, just three days ago.
However, now she has told KLIN radio that she will vote for the billionaire.
“I plan to vote for Mr. Trump and Mr. Pence on November 8,” she said. “I put out a statement … with regard to Mr. Trump’s comments. I felt they were disgusting. I felt they were unacceptable and I never said I was not voting for our Republican ticket.”
What Fischer had actually said was that “It would be wise for [Trump] to step aside and allow Mike Pence to serve as our party’s nominee.”
She said she would no longer advocate that position because Trump had already made up his mind.
Trump also hit out against Senator John McCain, saying the former prisoner of war has a foul mouth.
“McCain was desperate to get my endorsement. I gave him the endorsement because he needed it for the primary,” he said. “I feel very badly I gave him the endorsement. He easily wins his primary and then all of a sudden he does the unendorsement thing. Give me a break.
“He’s never heard salty language before. John McCain who has probably the dirtiest mouth in all of the Senate,” he said.
It came as Barack Obama slammed Trump’s comments on the leaked video, saying they would be unacceptable for someone applying for a job at 7-Eleven.
Addressing a campaign rally in Greensboro, North Carolina, Mr Obama referred to Trump’s remarks saying: “Now you find a situation in which the guy says stuff that nobody would find tolerable if they were applying for a job at 7-Eleven.”
“You don’t have to be a husband or a father to say that’s not right. You just have to be a decent human being,” he said.