‘I’ll go it alone’: Trump warns GOP leaders he’ll win with or without them and that they should just ‘be quiet’ if they can’t support hm
- He told leaders to ‘get tougher, sharper, smarter’ – and stick by him
- But if they didn’t, they needed to ‘Be quiet. Just please be quiet’
- He said he could win the election without Republican Party backing
- Trump made the remarks at his Atlanta rally on Wednesday
Donald Trump set terms for Republican leaders at his Atlanta rally Wednesday when he told them they needed to be tougher, smarter – and quieter.
He dismissed nay-sayers such as long-time critic and leader of the house Paul Ryan, saying that he would take the White House in November regardless of whether he had the backing of the Republican Party.
And in the meantime, he said, those who weren’t in his camp needed to ‘be quiet’, Politico reported.
‘Our leaders have to get a lot tougher, and be quiet. Just please be quiet,’ Trump said. ‘Don’t talk. Please, be quiet.
‘Just be quiet, to the leaders, because they have to get tougher, they have to get sharper, they have to get smarter, and we have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself.’
He also told supporters: ‘This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what? I think I’m gonna be forced to. I think I’m going to be forced to.’
On Tuesday, Ryan – who has long criticized Trump’s campaign – stood with President Obama in condemning Trump’s renewed promise to ban non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S., this time by not accepting immigrants from terrorism-afflicted nations.
‘I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest,’ Ryan said during a press conference at the Republican National Committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters.
‘I do not think it is reflective of our principles – not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test.’
Other anti-Trump complainants include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had condemned Trump’s attacks on Mexican-American judge
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