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Victorious Donald Trump Threatens Paul Ryan

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 2/03/2016 Arthur Delaney

Fresh off a string of resounding victories in Republican primary elections on Tuesday, Donald Trump had menacing words for House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

Ryan earlier in the day condemned Trump for equivocating on whether he disavows support from the white supremacists who happen to love his campaign. 

"Paul Ryan, I'm sure I'm going to get along great with him," Trump said. "And if I don't, he's going to have to pay a big price. Okay?"

Trump did not elaborate on why or how Ryan would pay a big price if the two can't get along. Trump uttered the vague threat in response to a reporter asking how he'd get along with Congress while its GOP leaders are condemning his campaign. 

"If a person wants to be the nominee of the Republican Party, there can be no evasion and no games," Ryan said Tuesday. "They must reject any group or cause that is built on bigotry."


Despite his jab at Trump, Ryan said he would support the Republican Party's eventual nominee, an honor Trump is even likelier to win after racking up victories in at least a half-dozen states on Super Tuesday. 

In response to another question about getting along with Republicans, namely the Republican National Committee, Trump repeated that he hoped to get along with GOP leaders and unify the party.

"I don't know Paul Ryan well, but I hope to be able to get along with him. I  do know Mitch McConnell a little bit, but I hope to be able to get along with him," Trump said, referring to the Senate majority leader. "But remember this: I have millions and millions and millions of people. This isn't like it's a close match."

Editor's note: Donald Trump is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist, birther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims -- 1.6 billion members of an entire religion -- from entering the U.S.

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