- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday blamed Republicans such as Paul Ryan and Kelly Ayotte for “blowing up the Republican Party” by criticizing nominee Donald Trump to the press.

“What they’ve been saying is Donald Trump is blowing up the Republican Party. And I say that is a false narrative,” Ms. Ingraham said on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends,” The Blaze reported.

Ms. Ingraham, an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump, then blamed “the Kelly Ayottes” and “the Paul Ryans” for “blowing up the Republican Party” by running to “their friends in the press” to blast Mr. Trump.

“That’s what the Democrats never do,” she said. “They never break ranks with their nominee. They never dump on their nominee in public to the media. Instead, they go to the press and say, ‘Our candidate has the winning message, she’s a strong woman and she’s a fighter and she’s going to fight for Americans.’ “

“I like Paul Ryan, by the way, personally,” she added. “I think he’s a lovely individual. I love him as a person. This is not personal. This is political strategy.

“Politics is about winning. If you don’t win, you cease to be a party that is relevant in America,” Ms. Ingraham said.

Many Republicans have withdrawn their support for Mr. Trump after The Washington Post published a 2005 tape of Mr. Trump having a private conversation with Billy Bush, then of “Access Hollywood,” about groping women.

Mr. Ryan on Monday said he would no longer defend Mr. Trump, but declined to rescind his endorsement of the Republican nominee.

Ms. Ayotte, who said in August that she would vote for Mr. Trump without officially endorsing him, rescinded her support in a statement Saturday.

Mr. Trump launched a tweetstorm Tuesday morning against Mr. Ryan and “disloyal” Republicans, whom he said are “far more difficult than Crooked Hillary.”

“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. Trumpwrote.


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