Republican nominee Donald Trump has likened his split from leading GOP figures to throwing off “shackles,” weakening his campaign for the 2016 presidential election, following his sexual scandal that has made many Republican bigwigs withdraw their support.
Trump welcomed the rift in the GOP in several tweets on Tuesday after his bragging about groping and kissing women without consent was leaked along with several other audio files that outraged many across the country.
Many Republicans have condemned Trump’s lewd remarks while some have even gone as far as withdrawing their support.
Pau Ryan, the Republican leader of the US House of Representatives said Monday that he would not campaign alongside Trump any more, yet he will still support him.
The New York billionaire upped the ante in a Tuesday tweet, calling the Republican leader “very weak and ineffective.”
“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” he said.
He asserted in a different tweet that it is “nice,” that “the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”
He also claimed he had won the second debate against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton “in a landslide,” on Sunday, complaining that “it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!”
AshLee Strong, Ryan's spokeswoman, said on Monday that the Wisconsin Republican lawmaker “is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities."
A recording, released on Friday by TheWashington Post, shows Trump engaged in a lewd conversation about groping and seducing women.
A second batch of scandalous remarks by Trump were released by CNN Saturday, including an audio file involving his daughter, Ivanka.
Following the release, several key Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Representative Jason Chaffetz and Senator Ted Cruz, have denounced the comments, distancing themselves from Trump.