Donald Trump, as a presidential candidate, has made quite an impression on the public -- some are more impressed than others -- but apparently we've been watching a restrained
version of Trump's persona, which he no longer has any use for.
"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me," the Republican presidential nominee declared
a couple of hours ago, "and I can now fight for America the way I want to."
Yes, effective this morning, no more Mr. Nice Demagogue. Donald J. Trump will be "shackled" no more. He has a phone and a Twitter account, and he intends to put them to use like never before.
And what's on the mind of this unshackled GOP candidate? Evidently, Trump is eager to take a few shots at House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), who announced
yesterday he won't defend or campaign with his party's presidential nominee through Election Day. Trump, initiating a tweetstorm of sorts, responded
"Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!"
Um, a couple of things. Fist, every independent, scientific poll showed Trump losing, not winning, the second debate. Second, Trump spent months insisting he'd rely on the backing of rank-and-file voters and could thrive without the backing of the establishment and GOP leaders. What changed his mind?
"Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty."
Trump complained about Republicans' failure to be "loyal" to him over
this morning about the Republican Party's brewing civil war, and with the GOP's presidential nominee taking direct aim at the GOP's highest-ranking elected official -- four weeks before Election Day -- this conflict is clearly getting worse. read more