Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump continued his feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Sunday, after Ryan distanced himself from Trump in response to the bombshell recording of Trump boasting about sexual assault.
In a series of tweets, Trump called Ryan “a man who doesn’t know how to win,” referring to his loss in 2012, when he was the GOP’s vice presidential nominee, and said that the House speaker “does zilch” to help him defeat Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.
Trump has regularly launched attacks against Ryan since The Washington Post published a 2005 video of the nominee bragging about sexual assault. Subsequently, multiple women have come forward alleging Trump sexually assaulted or harassed them.
In response to the video, Ryan disinvited Trump from a scheduled joint appearance in Wisconsin on Oct. 8. On Monday, he announced that he would no longer defend Trump, after repeatedly condemning his offensive remarks while nonetheless standing by him as the nominee. Ryan told fellow Republicans that he wants to instead focus on maintaining GOP control of the House, fearing the presidential nominee’s effect on competitive House seats.
Trump fired back, calling Ryan “very weak and ineffective” and insisting that he didn’t “care about his support.”
Ryan has largely been silent on Trump since distancing himself.
Trump is scheduled to campaign in Wisconsin on Monday. Ryan will not attend that event; instead, he is scheduled to speak at a GOP fundraiser in Texas.
Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.
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