The Hill by Ben Kamisar
One day after warning the GOP that his "shackles are off," Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump floated the prospect of a "sinister deal" preventing Speaker Paul Ryan from coming to his defense.
at a Florida rally on Wednesday questioned why Ryan, who effectively
conceded Trump's White House chances during a call with lawmakers this
week, wouldn't come out and congratulate him after Sunday's presidential
"Wouldn't you think Paul Ryan would call and say, 'good going,' " Trump said in Ocala.
think they'd say, 'Great going, Don. Let's go, let's beat this crook.
Let's beat her, we've got to stop her.' No, he doesn't do that. Theres a
whole deal going on, we're going to figure it out. I always figure
things out. There's a whole sinister deal."
Republicans have been
scrambling to keep their distance from Trump after Friday's release of
damaging audio in which Trump talks about groping women without their