Trump lashes out at ‘dis­loyal’ Repub­li­cans

The Myanmar Times - - World -

EM­BAT­TLED pres­i­den­tial hope­ful Don­ald Trump lashed out against “dis­loyal” Repub­li­cans in a rant­ing tweet­storm, deep­en­ing a split that threat­ens the fu­ture of the 162-yearold party.

Declar­ing him­self un­chained from party stric­tures, the White House nom­i­nee be­rated Repub­li­can lead­ers for of­fer­ing “zero sup­port” and promised a bareknuckle 28-day cam­paign against Hil­lary Clin­ton.

Mr Trump ridiculed the party’s 2008 White House nom­i­nee John McCain as “very foul mouthed”. He called Paul Ryan, the na­tion’s top elected Repub­li­can, a “weak and in­ef­fec­tive leader”.

“It is so nice that the shack­les have been taken off me and I can now fight for Amer­ica the way I want to,” Mr Trump said in a cy­ber out­burst. “I will teach them!”

Re­la­tions be­tween Mr Trump and party lead­ers have al­ways been strained – from the out­set many con­sid­ered the bom­bas­tic re­al­i­tyTV-star-turned-politico un­fit to take up the man­tle of Abra­ham Lin­coln and Ron­ald Rea­gan.

But the key is­sue has been Mr Trump’s steep fall in the polls after the emer­gence of a video in which he bragged about grop­ing women.

US Pres­i­dent Barack Obama ad­dressed the scan­dal on Oc­to­ber 11, after White House spokesper­son Josh Earnest ear­lier in the day called the com­ments “re­pug­nant” and said most peo­ple would con­sider the ac­tions de­scribed as “sex­ual as­sault”.

“You don’t have to be a hus­band or a fa­ther to say that’s not right. You just have to be a de­cent hu­man be­ing,” Mr Obama said while cam­paign­ing for Ms Clin­ton.

Mr Trump has apol­o­gised for the com­ments, say­ing they were just “locker-room” ban­ter.

The lat­est Real Clear Pol­i­tics polling av­er­age has Ms Clin­ton ahead by six points across the coun­try, and the lat­est polls show her ahead in a slew of must-win states for Mr Trump.

With his cam­paign in a tail­spin, Mr Trump seemed de­ter­mined to ram a wedge be­tween party lead­ers and the rad­i­calised grass­roots that pro­pelled his po­lit­i­cal ca­reer.

He is fu­elling an in­tra-party war, with streams of Repub­li­cans say­ing they will vote for Ms Clin­ton and Mr Trump’s fans vow­ing to bring down Con­gres­sional lead­ers like Mr Ryan and Mr McCain.

Mr Trump’s anger seems to have been prompted by Mr Ryan sug­gest­ing in a con­fer­ence call with Repub­li­can law­mak­ers that they stop de­fend­ing the party nom­i­nee and fo­cus on lim­it­ing elec­toral losses in Congress next month.

“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!” Mr Trump tweeted.

Mr Obama said it “does not make sense” that some Repub­li­cans ex­press their dis­ap­proval of Mr Trump’s lurid com­ments but con­tinue to sup­port him for the White House. – THE head of Hil­lary Clin­ton’s cam­paign team, John Podesta, slammed Wik­iLeaks founder Ju­lian As­sange for help­ing Repub­li­can ri­val Don­ald Trump in the bit­ter White House race, while ac­cus­ing Moscow of be­ing be­hind the hack.

The anti-se­crecy web­site has pub­lished thou­sands of emails from John Podesta’s per­sonal Gmail ac­count since Oc­to­ber 7.

While there have been no ma­jor dam­ag­ing rev­e­la­tions, the mas­sive leak does lift the veil on Team Clin­ton’s in­ner work­ings.

Mr Podesta de­scribed the tim­ing of the leak as a “cu­ri­ous coin­ci­dence”, com­ing shortly after The Wash­ing­ton Post pub­lished a shock video of Mr Trump mak­ing lewd boasts about grop­ing women in 2005.

The vet­eran po­lit­i­cal aide, who served in the Obama and Bill Clin­ton ad­min­is­tra­tions, sug­gested that the re­lease “was their coun­ter­move to try to take the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion off the de­spi­ca­ble things that Trump said on that video”.

“I would say that the Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in this elec­tion and their at­tempt to in­flu­ence it on be­half of Mr Trump should be of con­cern to all Amer­i­cans,” Mr Podesta said.

Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s ad­min­is­tra­tion has ac­cused Rus­sia of di­rect­ing cy­ber at­tacks on Amer­i­can po­lit­i­cal or­gan­i­sa­tions to “in­ter­fere” with the elec­tion, and vowed to re­spond at an undis­closed time and place.

Mr Podesta said he had re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion from the Fed­eral Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion that agents are “in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crim­i­nal hack of my email”. –

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