TIME 2016 Election

Donald Trump Unleashes on Paul Ryan, John McCain in O’Reilly Factor Interview

"I wouldn't want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people"

Donald Trump visited The O’Reilly Factor on Tuesday night and laid into Republican critics like Paul Ryan, saying “I wouldn’t want to be in a foxhole with a lot of these people.”

Ryan and other prominent Republicans, including John McCain, have been especially critical of Trump since a 2005 tape emerged showing Trump saying he can get away with anything when it comes to women because of his celebrity, including grabbing them “by the p****y.”

Trump told Bill O’Reilly that a tweet he sent earlier in the day referring to taking off his “shackles” referred to his Republican opponents, “some of the people that are weak and ineffective” and were “being nasty to the nominee.” Still, he said he doesn’t want Ryan’s support anymore, anyway: “If you sneeze he calls up and announces, ‘Isn’t that a terrible thing.'”

Trump wrote off the 2005 tape as “salty language” and accused John McCain of having “the dirtiest mouth in all of the Senate.” He once again referred to his language as “locker room talk” and said “most people have heard it before and I’ve had a lot of women come up to me and say, ‘Boy, I’ve heard that and I’ve heard a lot worse than that in my life.”

He indicated that Paul Ryan was bad on “open borders and amnesty” and the budget, saying, “Frankly the only one that Obama negotiates well with is Paul Ryan.” When O’Reilly asked how he would get along with Ryan and other Republican critics if he is elected president, he said it would be fine, and that maybe Ryan would be “in a different position” than House Speaker.

Trump denied having invaded Clinton’s space during the Sunday night debate, saying that critics were wrong to suggest he had purposefully tried to enter her shot when she was speaking. “She came into my territory,” he said.

Trump said he was confident that polling is wrong on his support among women, and that he will get their votes on Election Day. However, should he be wrong, he said, “Then I have to go back to my other life.”

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