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Trump takes to Twitter to attack 'weak and ineffective leader' Paul Ryan


"Members went wild at his disloyalty."

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on October 10, 2016. (Dominick Reuter/AFP/Getty Images)

If you ask Donald Trump, he won the second debate in a "landslide" with no thanks to "weak and ineffective leader" Paul Ryan.

In a pair of tweets Tuesday morning, Trump criticized Republican House Speaker Ryan (Wis.) for refusing to defend the Republican presidential nominee through the fallout of the leaked tapes that depict the Manhattan businessman speaking crudely about women.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump looks on during a rally at Mohegan Sun Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Monday. (Getty Images/Dominick Reuter)

Ryan told members of the House Republican Conference on a call Monday that he will shift his focus to getting fellow Republicans elected to Congress.

Trump alleged in a tweet Tuesday that lawmakers on the call "went wild" when Paul signaled a lack of support for the Republican nominee.

"Our very weak and ineffective leader, Paul Ryan, had a bad conference call where his members went wild at his disloyalty," Trump wrote.

He also tweeted that he was able to win the second debate "in a landslide" — a feat that was difficult since "Paul Ryan and others give zero support."

Despite Trump's tweet, most early polling shows Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton as the winner of the second 2016 presidential debate.

A CNN/ORC poll found that 57 percent of debate watchers believed Clinton to have won the debate. Only 34 percent thought Trump won.

A YouGov poll was slightly closer, but even still 47 percent of the registered voters polled thought Clinton to be the winner of the debate compared to 42 percent who picked Trump.

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