Donald Trump escalates his attack on Paul Ryan after he said he would longer defend the Republican party's nominee for president.
Trump's attacks on Ryan and other Republicans underscore a massive breach within the party, one that makes it even harder for the GOP to hold control of the Senate and perhaps the House, not to mention winning the presidency.
"Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty", Trump said in a tweet.
The series of Twitter posts appeared created to stem the flow of Republicans who have said they will not vote for Mr Trump or have urged him to exit the race since last week's release of a tape showing him using predatory language regarding women.
Democrats and some Republicans said Trump has spent too much time appealing to white males who are opposed to free trade, suspicious of globalism, and resentful of what they call "open border" immigration policies.Meanwhile, the critics say Trump is ignoring and even alienating growing segments of the electorate, notably women and Hispanics.
Another was celebratory: "It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to".
But instead, some media outlets - like the New York Times - chose to interpret Ryan's move as a devastating rebuke of Trump.
Allison Ellis, 30, deemed Ryan "a traitor" and shrugged off Trump's sexually aggressive comments in the 2005 video.
Mr Ryan received both support and criticism from House members, reflecting Republicans' disunity and the disarray of their election strategy with less than a month to go. When Trump holed up inside his eponymous NY skyscraper to confer with advisors about handling the crisis, Pence was not there, though as a longtime politician he certainly could have had some good advice to offer.
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Trump's frustrations are becoming increasingly visible after a rough few weeks of campaigning in which polls show him slipping further and further behind. Dozens of Republicans-including a third of the Senate GOP caucus-have rescinded endorsements of Trump, called on him to withdraw from the race, or both.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb, who is running to replace Pence as governor, said in a statement it has "always been my intention" to support Trump but added that his "vote shouldn't be taken for granted by anyone, ever".
Recent revelations of Trump's predatory comments deepened the worries among GOP officials who fear he'll drag down their own electoral prospects in November - if not stain the Republican brand for a generation.
For his part Trump wanted to let Ryan know that he was far from pleased by his not asking the House Republicans to support the top of the ticket. Or Trump TV could mainly be used for revenge against people Trump feels has wronged him.
At the start of the second presidential debate on October 9, 2016, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump did not shake hands, breaking with tradition.
The intraparty chaos underscored the perilous predicament Republicans find themselves in one month from Election Day.
Trump also referenced Sunday's (Monday NZT) second presidential debate, where he was credited with giving a stronger performance than in the first showdown with Clinton.
Trump is creating an intra-party crisis, and if it does lasting harm to Republicans, he doesn't care since he has no debts, commitments, or loyalties to the GOP itself. I don't understand the argument that House Republicans are duty bound to go down with this ship, which is now being steered by a guy who doesn't even pretend to be a conservative, even if it means removing the last legislative check on Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer. Those close to Trump suggested it was "open season" on every detractor, regardless of party.