A feud between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan continued to escalate as Trump questioned in an interview recorded in Ryan’s home state of Wisconsin whether the House Speaker wants him to win.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) October 18, 2016
“I don’t want to be knocking Paul Ryan,” Trump said to ABC’s Tom Llamas standing next to the Wisconsin state flag.
“I think he could be more supportive to the Republican nominee. We’re doing well, I think we’re going to win the election.”
Trump did suggest, however, that the Speaker had political motivations for not supporting him.
When asked if he thought Ryan wanted Trump to win, the GOP nominee said: “Maybe not.”
“Because maybe he wants to run in four years and maybe he doesn’t know how to win,” Trump said. “Maybe he just doesn’t know how to win.”
At a Monday night Trump rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, the crowd was notably hostile towards the Speaker in his home state. At one point, the crowd chanted “Paul Ryan sucks” as a local GOP official spoke onstage.
Here’s video of Trump crowd in Wisconsin breaking into “Paul Ryan sucks” chant pic.twitter.com/wKOv3yGsJU
— Oliver Darcy (@oliverdarcy) October 17, 2016
Trump has continuously pushed back against Ryan since the Speaker said he was no longer going to defend the nominee following leaked tapes of Trump making lewd comments about women in a 2005 “Access Hollywood” interview with Billy Bush.
“The speaker is going to spend the next month focused entirely on protecting our congressional majorities,” said Ryan’s press secretary Zack Roday in a statement.
Since the tape went public, the Trump campaign has been defending against allegations by multiple women who claim that he’s been inappropriate with them.
“Paul Ryan, a man who doesn’t know how to win (including failed run four years ago), must start focusing on the budget, military, vets etc,” Trump tweeted on Sunday.
Paul Ryan, a man who doesn’t know how to win (including failed run four years ago), must start focusing on the budget, military, vets etc.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 16, 2016