Donald Trump says that instead of inheriting the Republican Party, he “won it with millions of voters,” a direct shot at Speaker of the House [crscore]Paul Ryan[/crscore].
On Friday, Trump tweeted, “Paul Ryan said that I inherited something very special, the Republican Party. Wrong, I didn’t inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!” (RELATED: Paul Ryan ‘Not Ready’ To Support Trump [VIDEO])
Paul Ryan said that I inherited something very special, the Republican Party. Wrong, I didn’t inherit it, I won it with millions of voters!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 6, 2016
On Thursday, Ryan said that he was “just not ready” to support Trump, adding, “I do not want to under-play what [Trump] accomplished. He needs to be congratulated for an enormous accomplishment for winning now a plurality of delegates, and he’s on his way to winning a majority of delegates, but he also inherited something very special, that’s very special to a lot of us.” (RELATED: Trump: ‘I’m Not Ready To Support Ryan’s Agenda’)
Ryan went on to argue, “This is the party of Lincoln, of Reagan, of Jack Kemp, and we don’t always nominate a Lincoln and a Reagan every four years, but we hope that our nominee aspires to be Lincoln and Reaganesque.”
Trump’s immediate reaction to not receiving Ryan’s support was to release the following statement:
I am not ready to support Speaker Ryan’s agenda. Perhaps in the future we can work together and come to an agreement about what is best for the American people. They have been treated so badly for so long that it is about time for politicians to put them first!