At San Antonio Fundraiser, Trump Vents Over GOP Leaders


SAN ANTONIO — Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, speaking at a Tuesday fundraiser here, continued to call out members of his own party for not being fully supportive of him, including U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan. 

Trump promised to be “fighting like hell” until Nov. 8, but expressed frustration with resistance in his own party — including from Ryan, who announced Monday he would focus on down-ballot races in the home stretch to Election Day. 

“I think they forgot that there was an election, because something happened in the last month where you didn’t see them, right?” Trump said of some fellow Republicans, according to audio of the event obtained by The Texas Tribune. “You didn’t see them. I said, ‘Why aren’t they on the shows? Why aren’t they all over the place?'” 

Trump previewed that message earlier Tuesday on Twitter, railing against Ryan as a “very weak and ineffective leader.” Trump also tweeted that the “shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to.”

As they left the fundraiser at the Grand Hyatt hotel, attendees confirmed that Trump repeated the line about shackles at the event. Asked what the nominee meant, one attendee said Trump gave the impression he felt energized after the last debate and ready to finish strong. 

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  • U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan is coming to Texas to raise money as concentrates his attention on protecting the House Republican majority with Donald Trump at the top of the ticket.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at

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