The co-chairman of Donald Trump’s campaign has a message for the Republican Party’s elites: Jump aboard the Trump train or ‘shut the hell up.’
Sam Clovis told CNN’s audience Thursday morning on the ‘New Day’ program that Trumpworld is getting tired of hearing GOP leaders bad-mouth the man who crushed a field of traditional candidates in their primary season.
‘What we’re saying is, the Republican party, the leadership of the Republican Party needs to figure out what they want,’ he said.
‘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. That’s what we’re asking them to do.’
Clovis’s stunning ultimatum followed a Wednesday night Trump rally in Atlanta, during which the billionaire politician warned his party’s leaders that he could abandon them and ‘do it alone’ if they kept up their lukewarm support for him.
‘You know, the Republicans – honestly folks, our leaders have to get tougher,’ Trump told a crowd of nearly 4,000.
‘This is too tough to do it alone. But you know what? I think I’m going to be forced to.’
‘Our leaders have to get a lot tougher,’ he said. ‘And be quiet. Just please be quiet. Don’t talk. Please be quiet. … They have to get tougher, they have to get sharper, they have to get smarter. We have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself.’
On Tuesday, House Speaker Paul Ryan – who has long criticized Trump’s campaign tactics – stood with President Obama in condemning Trump’s renewed promise to ban non-citizen Muslims from entering the U.S., this time by not accepting immigrants from terrorism-afflicted nations.
‘I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest,’ Ryan said during a press conference at the Republican National Committee’s Capitol Hill headquarters.
‘I do not think it is reflective of our principles – not just as a party, but as a country. And I think the smarter way to go in all respects is to have a security test, not a religious test.’
Other Trump naysayers include Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who had condemned Trump’s attacks on Mexican-American judge Gonzalo Curiel, and Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn.
Cornyn told Politico on Tuesday that he would not talk to Trump at all until after the election on November 8.
But Trump said on Wednesday that ‘I’ve gotten tremendous endorsements, but if I don’t get them that’s okay.’
‘We’re gonna run. We’re gonna win. And here’s what we’re going to do when we win: We’re gonna make our country so great again.’