Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump, speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday, July 21, 2016. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The “shackles” gone, Donald Trump stepped up his fierce attacks on his own party leaders, promising to teach Republicans who oppose him a lesson and to fight for the presidency “the way I want to.”

“I’m just tired of non-support” from leaders of the party he represents on the presidential ticket, Trump said Tuesday evening on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor.” He saved special ire for House Speaker Paul Ryan, who told Republicans Monday he’ll no longer campaign for Trump with four weeks to go before Election Day.

“I don’t want his support, I don’t care about his support,” Trump said. “I wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people, that I can tell you, including Ryan. By the way, including Ryan, especially Ryan.”

With his campaign floundering and little time to steady it, the businessman reverted to the combative, divisive strategy that propelled him to victory in the GOP primary: Attack every critic — including fellow Republicans. Those close to Trump suggested it was “open season” on every detractor, regardless of party.

“It is so nice that the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,” Trump said in a tweet that brought new concern — near panic in some cases — to a party trying to stave off an all-out civil war before Nov. 8.

In another series of tweets, the Republican nominee called Ryan “weak and ineffective,” Sen. John McCain “very foul-mouthed” and “disloyal” Republicans “far more difficult than Crooked Hillary.”

“They come at you from all sides,” Trump declared. “They don’t know how to win — I will teach them!”

At a night rally in Florida hours later, Trump made no mention of the apparent Republican civil war, instead training his fire on his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton.

Trump has acknowledged the possibility of defeat in recent days, but on Tuesday he tried to shift the blame for his struggles on Republican defections and an election system that may be “rigged” against him. On Monday, he warned of potential voter fraud in heavily African-American Philadelphia, a claim for which there is no evidence but one that could challenge Americans’ faith in a fair democratic process.

Yet Trump’s aggressive shift is popular among his most loyal supporters, who continue to flock to his rallies by the thousands.

Allison Ellis, 30, deemed Ryan “a traitor” and shrugged off Trump’s sexually aggressive comments in the 2005 video. She pointed at Democrat Hillary Clinton’s shortcomings.

“I have daughters and I don’t like what he said but I also wouldn’t want to be held responsible for everything I said 11 years ago,” Ellis said at Trump’s Panama City Beach, Florida, rally. “And it’s nothing compared to what she did — she should be in jail.”

But some of Trump’s supporters admitted their confidence was shaken.

“I still think he can do it, but he has to play mistake-free the rest of the way,” said Mike Novoret, 59. “If something else comes up, he’s toast.”

As the GOP battled itself, Clinton focused on climate change in swing state Florida alongside former Vice President Al Gore.

Gore, whose 2006 documentary “An Inconvenient Truth” focused on global warming, said Clinton would “make solving the climate crisis a top national priority.”

Trump’s campaign released a new ad that focuses on Clinton’s recent bout with pneumonia. The ad features images of masked gunmen and nuclear weapons as a sick Clinton stumbles toward a vehicle.

And at the rally in Panama City Beach, Trump declared that hacked emails released by WikiLeaks on Tuesday showed collusion between the Clinton campaign and the Justice Department during an investigation into the former secretary of state’s email server.

The evidence does indicate there was communication between the two about a court hearing date. But such dates are not inside information. They would have been publicly posted in advance on the court’s docket.

The emails show that in May 2015, Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon alerted other staffers that the Justice Department was proposing to publish Clinton’s work-related emails by January in response to requests by news organizations. Fallon, a former Justice Department spokesman, wrote that unspecified “DOJ folks” told him there was a court hearing planned soon in the case.

The name and email address of the person who shared the information with Fallon had been deleted.

Trump also declared that the Clinton transcripts released by WikiLeaks show evidence that she is a “vessel of corrupt global establishment” who is “ruining the sovereignty of our nation” by pushing for open borders and global governance.

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10 thoughts on “Donald Trump Says He’s Free…The Shackles Are Gone

  1. Why did he have white folks at his rally holding up Blacks for Trump. What is that all about, he didn’t have enough black folk to hold the signs so enlisted the rednecks for him?

  2. The only shackles we are familiar with are those of the Democratic party that we blindly support. They have shackled us to a welfare state that keeps us down and imprisoned. And we happily let them do it. Wake up Peeps, we need real change

  3. common on said:

    Why are the Clintons good friends with the Bush’s? why are the Obamas such good friends with Clintons, Bush’s and many others? I remember all the bad things Hillary said about Obama when she was running against him so why are they such good friends now? because of the buddy system, they act like they oppose each other but in reality they are obsess in maintaining their corruption and control over America, Trump on the other end do not play in their game, he will not be controlled by the goons and so called elites of Washington who have done nothing but stolen from America, I’m going to give Trump a chance at least he’s attacking Washington’s wrongdoings, Hillary dare not say anything against the greed and corruption she’s apart of.

  4. Evertime he opens his mouth something ignorant sprees out. He’s mad because he’s losing to a girl. He’s a dumb ass bitch. I’ll be glad when this election is over b/c I’m tired of hearing his voice.

  5. THE TRUTH on said:

    Mr. Trump is So MESSED up in the head. Black people out of all the words or example he could use why shackles. He has never been or any of his people been shackled. He could of easy said I’m putting on my boxing gloves. He is a Racist and the sooner you Wake Up the better. He continues to call and label people names. He a bully and Dangerous.these are things you suppose to teach your kids NOT to do. He is behind all the Wilkeleahs email and invaded someone Privacy. The women was,The Secretary of State, she aS cleared and he Hate to be wrong and He Hate to Lose. America is on a VEry Very DANGEROUS PATH. It’s Ms Hillary today and anyone one of us tomorrow. Mr. Trum is a VERY EVIL MAN. LORD HAVE MERCY…

  6. Poor choice of words-CHUMP!!!!!!

    Now Chump is free to totally run amok and do and say whatever it takes to win this damn presidential election.

    May God bless this country if that asshole does win!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • I have no idea what shackles feel like and unless their into kinky sex of been in prison no person of color living today knows ether

    • Only people of color who were actually in shackles know what if feels like – at least those kinds of shackles. I doubt if any of them are left to tell us what it feels like. I’m a person of color, and I certainly don’t know what it feels like.

    • L, you are the equivalent of a house slave to the Democrats and the sad part is, you are completely clueless to the fact. Wake up Linda

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