According to the Time, with his past comments about sexually assaulting women drawing widespread condemnation from Republicans, and a multitude of defections, Trump is rejecting pleas from Republican leaders to demonstrate contrition, as he turns his fire on those who are no longer comfortable being associated with him.
Trump spread the message that the already more than a dozen GOP members of Congress and one governor have revoked their support of Trump, are “traitors.”
Trump’s campaign encouraged surrogates to drive the message that “They are more concerned with their political future than they are about the future of the country,” according to talking points forwarded to TIME by one surrogate. “Mr. Trump won the Primary without the help of the insiders and he’ll win the General without them, too.”
The tweets and talking points came just 36 hours after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan disinvited Trump from a planned unity rally in Wisconsin. Trump was supposed to send his running-mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, in his stead, but was informed by Pence that his comments couldn’t be defended.