Donald Trump went right after Paul Ryan during his first TV interview since the publication of lewd comments he made in 2005, telling Fox News host Bill O’Reilly that he didn’t want the House speaker’s support.
“The fact is, I think we should get support and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan,” Trump 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.’ So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support.”
Trump’s comments to O’Reilly came a day after Ryan told House Republicans that he would no longer defend Trump in the wake of the leaked 2005 video, in which the GOP nominee boasted about grabbing women’s genitals with impunity. And they came hours after Trump went on a Twitter rant about Ryan, calling him “disloyal” and a “very weak and ineffective leader.”
POLITICO reported on Tuesday that Ryan is considering going a step further and revoking his endorsement entirely.
Trump also accused Ryan of having “opened borders and amnesty,” a misrepresentation of the Wisconsin Republican’s position on immigration. And he charged that Ryan, who prides himself on his budget wonkery, had promoted “bad budgets by the way, very, very bad budgets.”
Asked about Trump’s comments, Ryan spokeswoman AshLee Strong said in an email, “Speaker Ryan is fighting to ensure we hold a strong majority next Congress, and he is always working to earn the respect and support of his colleagues.”
Trump also took a swipe at John McCain, who on Tuesday withdrew his support for the real estate mogul, accusing the Arizona senator of having “the dirtiest mouth in all of the Senate.”
“Give me a break. He’s never heard salty language before,” Trump said.
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