Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump says House Speaker Paul Ryan should have congratulated him after the recent presidential debate and says ''there's a whole sinister deal going on'' with the GOP. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: After attacking his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told an audience in Ocala, Florida that House Speaker Paul Ryan should have called to congratulate him after his debate performance. "So you know, you'd think they'd say 'Great going, Don. Let's go, let's beat this crook. She's a crook. Let's beat her, we have to stop it.' No he doesn't do that...There's a whole deal going on and we are going to figure it out. I always figure things out. But there's a whole sinister deal going on," said Trump on Wednesday (October 12). Trump has lashed out at U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan and other "disloyal" Republicans and vowed to campaign in whatever style he wants now that the party establishment has largely abandoned him. Trump, in a barrage of stinging Twitter posts, condemned the Republicans who have backed away from his White House run, deepening a dramatic rift in the party over his struggling campaign for the Nov. 8 election. "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 said on Twitter, adding he would engage Democratic rival Hillary Clinton on his own terms. Describing "disloyal" Republicans as more difficult than Clinton, he said: "They come at you from all sides. They don't know how to win - I will teach them!" A string of Republican officials and officeholders have distanced themselves from Trump since a 2005 video surfaced on Friday showing him bragging crudely to a reporter about groping women and making unwanted sexual advances. Despite the turn away from Trump by some elected Republicans, a Reuters/Ipsos poll of likely voters, released on Tuesday, found 58 percent of Republicans wanted Trump to stay atop their party's ticket and 68 percent said the Republican leadership should stand by him. The poll, which was conducted after the second presidential debate on Sunday, showed Clinton's lead over Trump widening to 8 points from 5 points last week, before the release of the video. Ryan, the top Republican in Congress, told party lawmakers on Monday he was breaking with Trump and would not campaign for him, all but conceding Clinton would win the presidency. The move angered some Trump supporters, although Ryan said he would not withdraw his endorsement of the New York businessman.