Donald Trump is going down in flames and he’s taking the whole party down with him, and House Speaker Paul Ryan knows it.
Wednesday evening, Speaker Ryan told GOP donors on a call that he believed House Republicans are in serious trouble due to Trump’s nosedive in the polls, due to the Access Hollywood video’s release last Friday, according to Politico‘s source that was on the call.
Ryan expressed concern that in 2008 when Sen. John McCain lost to President Obama by 7 percent, House Republicans lost 20 seats. Trump is down 10 percent nationally and there is no telling how many seats that will cost Republicans. House Democrats must gain 30 seats in order to take the majority, which was once thought impossible, but given the video and new allegations concerning Trump’s sexual indiscretions with women the Speaker foresees Republicans taking a serious beating. If Trump continues to nosedive in the polls it will effect down ballot races.
Ryan also expressed concern that Trump’s political naivete has him playing into the media’s hands, who are trying to drive a wedge between Trump and congressional Republicans. For example, his Twitter storm and his latest rallies where he called out Ryan, McCain, and Republicans for not being undyingly loyal to the Republican nominee.
Trump said at one rally:
“There is a whole deal going on there. There is a whole deal going on and we’re going to figure it out. I always figure things out. But there’s a whole sinister deal going on.”
Trump has put his own party in a terrible spot. He refused to do opposition research on himself and thanks to that misstep the Billy Bush video came out and shocked the country. Now Republicans are damned if they support Trump and damned if they don’t.
Ryan can see the writing on the wall — the House is now in play, and we all have Trump to thank.
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