Trump Wars on Ryan. @Larry_Kudlow, CNBC. @HooverWhalen, @HooverInst.

Oct 12, 2016, 03:58 AM

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Trump Wars on Ryan. @Larry_Kudlow, CNBC. @HooverWhalen, @HooverInst.

Donald Trump declared war on the Republican establishment Tuesday, lashing out at House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis.), Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) and other GOP elected officials as his supporters geared up to join the fight amid extraordinary turmoil within the party just four weeks before Election Day. One day after Ryan announced he would no longer campaign on Trump’s behalf, the GOP nominee said as part of a barrage of tweets that the top-ranking Republican is “weak and ineffective” and is providing “zero support” for his candidacy. Trump also declared that “the shackles have been taken off” him, liberating him to “fight for America the way I want to.”

“…Donald J. Trump lashed out at Speaker Paul D. Ryan and other critics within his party on Tuesday in a barrage of Twitter posts deriding the highest-ranking Republican as a feckless leader and warning that those who have been disloyal risked handing the election to Hillary Clinton. The early morning attack escalated the war between the Republican presidential nominee and those party establishment figures who have abandoned him since the emergence of a 2005 video that showed Mr. Trump demeaning women in lurid terms. That was the last straw for Mr. Ryan, who told Republicans in Congress that they should feel free to stop supporting Mr. Trump if they felt it would improve their own prospects on Election Day….”

“…Trump admitted embarrassment, but quickly dismissed it as “locker-room talk.” Cooper pushed him on the subject – was he a groper, did he force himself on women? – but Trump wouldn’t play along. Clinton, however, did. She questioned Trump’s fitness for the job, then branched out from the video to past Trump comments about immigrants, African-Americans, POW’s and those with disabilities. “The question our county must answer is this is not who we are.” The smiling Hillary we saw throughout the first debate on Long Island? She didn’t make the trip west. And then it got even more personal. Trump referenced the four women in the audience – Paula Jones, Kathy Shelton, Juanita Broderick and Kathleen Willey – who’ve accused Bill Clinton of sexual misconduct. Did Clinton defend her husband? Actually, she invoked Michelle Obama: “when they go low, you go high.” Make of that what you will. Then she belittled Trump for failing to make past apologies, after which Trump upped the ante by promising to sic a special prosecutor against Clinton if he’s elected. Mercifully, after 30 minutes of such rancor, the Average Joes (in the audience and on Facebook) got their turn….”