Trump campaign adopts ‘us against the world’ mantra after fallout

Donald Trump’s feud with House Speaker Paul Ryan and Republicans at-large continued Tuesday, with the party’s presidential nominee calling out Wisconsin’s congressional leader by name on Twitter for pulling support of his candidacy Monday.

Since Friday’s revelation of Trump’s derogatory comments from 2005 on Access Hollywood, a number of prominent Republicans have said they can no longer support the GOP candidate, including Sens. John McCain (Ariz.) and Kelly Ayotte (N.H.), Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love (Utah), as well as conservative radio talk-show host Hugh Hewitt and former Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice.

 

Despite Trump’s claim that he won the second debate based on a number of unscientific Internet polls, a Politico/Morning Consult survey of 2,001 registered voters found that 42 percent believe Clinton prevailed in Sunday’s one-on-one contest, compared to only 28 percent who said Trump was the winner.

Whatever the case, the GOP nominee came out swinging at campaign rallies Monday, aggressively attacking the Clintons and reiterating his promise to appoint a special prosecutor who would further look into the former Secretary’s email scandal, if elected.

Campaign sources have also said that more personal allegations against both Bill and Hillary Clinton will be brought by Trump within the next week, who will also invite some of the former president’s sexual assault accusers to speak at public events.

Trump’s reinvigorated attacks against the entire Washington political establishment come after a House GOP conference call lead by Ryan and National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Greg Walden (Ore.) Monday.

Walden reportedly told his fellow Republican members that the campaign is now like “landing a airplane in a hurricane,” after the political fallout this past weekend from Trump’s remarks on Access Hollywood in 2005.

However, according to anonymous sources on Monday’s call, several GOP congressmen were openly critical of Speaker Ryan’s decision to both publicly and privately break with Trump.

According to former Trump campaign staffer and New York Republican strategist, Michael Caputo, the only real damage done by Ryan and fellow GOP members who have denounced Trump’s candidacy is image-related.

“A lot of the [former] support was thin and disingenuous,” he said. “None of these Republicans were even helping. In fact, some were breathing his name in fear for what it would do for their own reputations. It shows the true nature of the Republican Party.”

Caputo concluded though that the “campaign is going to be so terrible, we’re all going to smell like it for the next seven to eight years.”

Watch excerpts from Trump’s Monday evening rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., below:

 

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