Donald Trump is not just having to fight Hillary Clinton and the entire media establishment, but the GOP establishment as well -- but don't dare suggest our system is "rigged."
Here's a sample of the unshackling on Twitter:
McCain called his own wife a "c*nt" in front of press.
From The Washington Post:
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.God yes, burn it to the ground.
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."
Trump called McCain "foul-mouthed" and accused him with no evidence of once begging for his support. McCain, the party's 2008 presidential nominee, pulled his endorsement following a Friday Washington Post report about a 2005 video in which Trump is heard making vulgar comments about forcing himself on women sexually.
"I wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people, that I can tell you ... especially Ryan," Trump said in an interview with Fox News Channel. He said if he is elected president, Ryan might be "in a different position."
In perhaps the most piercing insult, Trump said his party is harder to deal with than even Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, whom conservatives loathe. Yet he also released a new TV ad featuring footage of Clinton coughing and stumbling during a recent bout with pneumonia -- signaling that few issues are out of bounds for his scorched-earth campaign.
In the wake of a new Washington Post report showing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaking in very lewd terms about women in 2005, some Republicans are calling for Trump to step down as nominee. (Thomas Johnson/The Washington Post) "Disloyal R's are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary," he wrote for his more than 12 million followers on Twitter, his preferred platform for picking fights. "They come at you from all sides. They don't know how to win -- I will teach them!"
By backing away from Trump, Ryan and his allies were hoping to insulate themselves and their majorities on Capitol Hill from the baggage weighing down the nominee's flagging campaign. For many, the breaking point was the 2005 video.
But they are suddenly dealing with another problem: an impulsive and bellicose businessman with an army of loyal supporters willing to exact retribution against elected officials they feel have abandoned them. The rift could have profound ramifications for the Republican Party as a whole, shattering any sense of unity and jeopardizing its chances of holding onto the Senate and even, potentially, the House.
The GOP serves us no purpose if it doesn't advocate the interests of real working class Americans.
[...]Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pierson tweeted Monday that she could not keep her mobile phone charged "due to the mass volume of texts from people" who plan to vote for Trump but not for other Republicans on the ballot. These Republicucks are saboteurs, they know if Trump wins he will make sure they're all kicked out. That's why they worked in concert with the left establishment to try and destroy Trump with these stupid decade old tapes.
Ryan said Monday that he would no longer defend or campaign with Trump. Dozens of other Republican elected officials have gone even further, calling on Trump to leave the race in the wake of the 2005 video.
"Paul Ryan is focusing the next month on defeating Democrats, and all Republicans running for office should probably do the same," Ryan spokesman Brendan Buck said in a statement responding to Trump's attacks Tuesday.
Trump began his Twitter attacks Tuesday morning in New York before jetting off to raise money in Texas and to host an evening rally in Panama City Beach, Fla. At a San Antonio fundraising event, Trump tore into Ryan, whom he accused of "total disloyalty to the party."
"I think they forgot that there was an election because something happened in the last month where you didn't see them, right?" Trump said of prominent Republicans who have not campaigned for him, according to audio of the fundraiser obtained by the Texas Tribune. "You didn't see them. I said: 'Why aren't they on the shows? Why aren't they all over the place?'"
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