Donald Trump punched back — hard — against Paul Ryan after the House speaker all but declared the GOP nominee’s presidential campaign dead.
“Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee,” Trump tweeted early Monday afternoon.
Just hours after Trump’s debate rematch with Hillary Clinton, Ryan delivered a seismic blow to the Trump campaign, declaring that he’d no longer actively back the GOP nominee and instead work to preserve Republican congressional majorities — a decision that prompted a furious backlash from some conservative caucus members. Meanwhile, Trump’s Virginia state chairman helped organize a pro-Trump protest outside Republican National Committee headquarters to oppose the party establishment’s abandonment of Trump.
The RNC itself is gearing up for a potentially intense 5 p.m. conference call to discuss the remainder of a presidential race in turmoil.