Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday that the "shackles" have been removed from him, suggesting that he may begin campaigning his own way after many Republicans disavowed their support of the candidate following a turbulent period in the campaign.
The tweet indicated that the GOP standard-bearer is about to venture further off-script on the campaign trail.
"It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to," Trump tweeted.
It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Trump’s tweet was part of a barrage of criticism Trump directed at Republican lawmakers, including House Speaker Paul Ryan (Wis.), whom he called a "very weak" and "ineffective" leader.
Following the publication of a 2005 video in which Trump describes grabbing women “by the pussy,” many Republican lawmakers urged Trump to drop out of the race in favor of his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.
Trump continued to slam Republican lawmakers who have rescinded their support of his campaign, calling them worse than his rival Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
With the exception of cheating Bernie out of the nom the Dems have always proven to be far more loyal to each other than the Republicans!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Disloyal R's are far more difficult than Crooked Hillary. They come at you from all sides. They don’t know how to win - I will teach them!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 11, 2016
Brendan Buck, a spokesperson for Ryan, told CNN Tuesday, "Paul Ryan is focusing the next month on defeating Democrats, and all Republicans running for office should probably do the same.”
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