Trump Accuses Ryan of ‘Sinister Plot’ in Sign of Escalating Tensions

By Steven Klett, Epoch Times
October 12, 2016 6:28 pm Last Updated: October 12, 2016 7:49 pm

A day after proclaiming that the “shackles” have been taken off, Donald Trump has gone further on the offensive against House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) with less than a month before the election. 

Trump ratcheted up his rhetoric against Ryan in a Florida speech Wednesday, suggesting that the speaker and certain members of the GOP were turning their back on their nominee because “there’s a whole sinister deal going on.”

The Republican nominee also said that Ryan hadn’t supported him enough after the debates.

“So wouldn’t you think that Paul Ryan would call and say, ‘Good going?’ In front of just about the largest crowd for a second-night debate in the history of the country,” Trump said.

“So, you know, you’d think that they’d say: ‘Great going, Don. Let’s go. Let’s beat this crook. She’s a crook. Let’s beat her. We gotta stop it,'” he continued, lamenting that Ryan hadn’t said that.

“There’s a whole deal going on there,” he said. “I mean, you know, there’s a whole deal going on. We’re gonna figure it out. I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.”

Ryan said on Monday that he will no longer be defending Trump’s comments and will no longer be campaigning for the nominee, focussing instead on down-ballot Republicans in danger of losing crucial congressional seats. 

“Despite winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support!” Trump tweeted. 

“Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty,” he wrote.

In an interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly Tuesday night, Trump said that he didn’t want Ryan’s support anymore.

“The fact is, I think we should get support and we don’t get the support from guys like Paul Ryan,” Trump said.

“This happens all the time. If you sneeze, he calls up and announces, ‘Isn’t that a terrible thing?’ So look, I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support.”

Speaker Ryan has also caught flack from members in Congress. On a conference call with Republican congressional leaders, Ryan reportedly faced pushback from congressional members loyal to Trump, including Oklahoma’s Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.).  

“Given the stakes of this election, if Paul Ryan isn’t for Trump, then I’m not for Paul Ryan,” Bridenstine tweeted Wednesday.

Trump himself suggested that if he were elected president that Ryan might find himself out of his job. 

“I would think that Ryan maybe wouldn’t be there, maybe he’ll be in a different position,” Trump said to O’Reilly.