Donald Trump bid good riddance to House Speaker Paul Ryan and establishment Republicans, casting their efforts to shun him as a liberation — a move that a local Trump campaign official said could spark a run on Ryan’s power.
“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump tweeted yesterday, throwing gasoline on a fire started Monday by a conference call in which Ryan directed GOP candidates to focus on their own re-elections, not Trump’s run.
Trump mocked Ryan’s call in a separate tweet, referring to the Wisconsin Republican as “Our very weak and ineffective leader,” and saying Ryan “had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty.”
State Rep. Geoffrey G. Diehl, co-chair of Trump’s Massachusetts campaign, said Ryan risks looking out of touch with the Republican base.
GOP strategist Ford O’Connell, who advised McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, said Ryan was “downright stupid” to abandon Trump in such a public way.
“It’s Trump’s party for now, and he’s the standard bearer, he’s generating all the enthusiasm, and not supporting him could suppress turnout on the GOP side,” O’Connell said.