The Republican split over supporting Donald Trump deepened after Sunday’s debate as the GOP’s highest elected official is walking away Monday.
Republican Speaker of the House Paul Ryan distanced himself from the party’s presidential nominee, informing lawmakers he won’t defend or campaign with Trump.
In response, Trump tweeted: “Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee.”
Campaigning in Pennsylvania, Trump continued to attack Bill Clinton, trying to shift focus away a video released recently showing Trump making vulgar comments about women.
"Bill Clinton was the worst abuser of women ever to sit in the Oval Office,” Trump said. “He was a predator.”
Since the video’s release on Friday, outraged Republicans have abandoned ship. But Trump’s running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, showed he’s still on board Monday.
“I chose to stand with Donald Trump and every American who believes we can make America great,” Pence said.
Trump and Pence have ground to make up. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal Poll shows Clinton now leads nationally by 11 points.
Clinton continues to hammer away at Trump. Speaking in Ohio, she slammed Trump’s defense of his lewd comments about woman as “locker room banter.”’
“A lot of athletes and coaches… They’ve been coming forward saying, ‘No, that’s not what happens in our locker rooms,’” Clinton said.
Speaker Ryan may be done campaigning for Trump but today the Republican National Committee assured loyalists they’ve got their nominee’s back.