Donald Trump has gone on a tweet storm again. His target: House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The GOP presidential nominee on Tuesday took to Twitter to lash out at Ryan, a fellow Republican, just a month before Election Day. The blast of tweets, which labeled Ryan "weak and ineffective, further fractures a party that already appears to be divided.
Trump complained the GOP leadership didn't provide him support in one tweet:
Then he struck out at Ryan, painting him as a traitor:
And then Trump proclaimed his "shackles" have finally been removed:
Ryan's office, however, offered a statement that appeared to offer the presidential nominee some advice.
"Paul Ryan is focusing the next month on defeating Democrats," the statement read. "All Republicans running for office should probably do the same."
The Twitter tirade comes a day after Ryan held a conference call with House Republicans declaring he'd no longer defend the GOP presidential candidate following a leak of Trump's sexually charged statements about women caught on tape 11 years ago.
If you think Trump is going to let up, think again. During Sunday's second presidential debate, the most tweeted of all time, co-moderator Anderson Cooper questioned whether Trump's early-morning Twitter rants are "the discipline of a good leader."
Trump was unapologetic.
"Tweeting happens to be a modern-day form of communication. I mean, you can like or not like it. I have between Facebook and Twitter, I have almost 25 million people," he said. "It's a very effective form of communication. I'm not unproud of it, to be honest with you."
First published October 11, 8:39 a.m. PT.
Update, 10:35 a.m. PT: Adds Trump's explanation from the presidential debate on why he uses Twitter.
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