Many Republicans are anxious Mr Trump’s chaotic campaign could hurt their chances of holding majorities in the House of Representatives and Senate in next month’s election, and will inflict long-term damage on the party.
Pro-Trump protesters clogged the sidewalk in front of the RNC’s Capitol Hill headquarters on Monday. And it certainly isn’t helping Trump to expand the base and close the gap with Hillary Clinton.
Other Republicans have not been as careful as Ryan. Honestly, if Anton Scalia was alive today, I doubt Trump would be doing half as well.
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 cum politician said that looked largely unlikely and that he would push for party leadership change if he won.
That call came after the revelation of a 2005 video showing Trump making crude remarks about forcing himself physically on women.
But just as Trump was drawing some decent Monday morning write-ups, Ryan told a GOP conference call that he would spend the next month concentrating on preserving the party’s House majority-withdrawing his support for Trump without explicitly yanking his endorsement.
He began the day with a series of shots – taken over Twitter – at Ryan, saying it’s hard to do well when the speaker isn’t supportive.
A story published in The Times said Jessica Leeds, 74, of NY, told the newspaper she encountered Trump on an airline flight three decades ago. “But I think it is very unbecoming”.
Thirteen transportation, energy and environmental officials from George W. Bush’s administration have signed a statement opposing the election of Donald Trump.
Conway says Trump is channeling the frustrations of many people who think Clinton plays by a different set of rules.
The thought goes like this: Trump scorches Republicans, gets nastier with Clinton to the point that she has to respond, voters get turned off and decide that they’ve had enough with this election – so they don’t vote. Trump said of some fellow Republicans, according to audio of the event obtained by The Texas Tribune. “He’s been wishy-washy from the start”.
“Then they can’t do anything without us”, Yarmuth said.
There are now 246 House Republicans, plus a vacant seat they seem likely to retain.
Relations between Mr Trump and party leaders have always been strained – from the outset many considered the bombastic reality-TV-star-turned-politico unfit to take up the mantle of Abraham Lincoln and Ronald Reagan.
His scorched-earth approach, days after his sexually predatory language caught on tape triggered a mass Republican defection, threatened to alienate even more supporters.
“This happens all the time – if you sneeze [Ryan] calls up and announces, ‘Isn’t that a bad thing.’ So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support”, Trump continued.
But the release of Trump’s obscene remarks about women has led many high-profile Republicans, including Ryan, to back away from the GOP nominee.
But by continuing to stand by (if somewhat apart) the GOP pretender for the presidency, Ryan calls into question the party’s basic principles, which ultimately may have the opposite effect of what he wants.
The escalating clash between Paul Ryan and Donald Trump is prompting warnings of retaliation against the speaker from rank-and-file House Republicans, suggesting a potential rebellion like the one that drove his predecessor into retirement and that could jeopardize his own hold on the post.
Stewart was sacked immediately after the gathering as Trump’s staff worked to downplay intra-party tensions.
The reports about Trump’s conduct came at the end of a day during which an increasingly confident Clinton made only brief reference to her opponent’s treatment of women – she noted his dismissal of the conversation as “locker room talk” – and did not address the new allegations.