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Donald Trump To GOP: Be Quiet Or I'll Lead Alone

| by Robert Fowler
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Presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump is reportedly fed up with members of his own party publicly condemning his controversial rhetoric and distancing themselves from his policy proposals.

On June 15, the business mogul threatened to run his presidential campaign without the input of the Republican establishment during a rally in Atlanta, Georgia, ABC News reports.

"You know, the Republicans, honestly folks, our leaders, our leaders have to get tougher," Trump said. "This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what, I think I’m going to be forced to. I think I am going to be forced to, our leaders have got to get a lot tougher."

Trump’s warning arrived after a wide swath of GOP congressmen and party leaders criticized the business mogul for his response to the Orlando, Florida, shooting massacre.

Trump signaled that he has been listening to the deluge of criticism from his own party and suggested that they either fall in line or stand aside.

"Just please be quiet," Trump said. "Just please be quiet. Don’t talk, please be quiet."

On June 12, a 29-year-old gunman murdered 49 people and injured 53 others at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

Trump responded by doubling down on his proposed Muslim travel ban, suggesting that thousands of Muslim Americans were protecting extremists from law enforcement, and accusing President Barack Obama of harboring sympathy for the Islamic State (ISIS).

The House Speaker, Republican Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, denounced the proposed Muslim ban, The Washington Post reports.

"I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country," Ryan said. The House Speaker has maintained that he still supports Trump and will not rescind his endorsement.

The Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee deemed Trump’s handling of the mass shooting “very disappointing.”

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who does not support Trump, described the accusation that Obama is sympathetic to ISIS “highly offensive.”

GOP condemnation towards Trump has been sustained throughout the month of June, flaring up after the business mogul stated that U.S. District Judge Gonzalo Curiel, who is presiding over one of several fraud lawsuits against Trump University, has a conflict of interest because of his Hispanic ethnicity.

The remarks were condemned by House Speaker Ryan, the Senate Majority Leader Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, Republican Sen. Ben Sasse of Nebraska and many others, according to the Los Angeles Times.

On June 16, Trump campaign co-chair Sam Clovis stressed that Trump was serious about his calls for the GOP establishment to either support his rhetoric or remain silent.

“Either they want to get behind the presumptive nominee who will be the nominee of this party and make sure that we do everything we can to win in November or we’re just asking them if they can’t do that, then just shut the hell up,” Clovis told CNN. “That’s what we’re asking them to do.”

Sources: ABC News, CNN via YouTube, Los Angeles TimesThe Washington Post / Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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