Trump campaign manager to GOP leaders: Stop 'pussyfooting around'

Kellyanne Conway, Donald Trump's campaign manager, says it's time for Republican officials to make clear where they stand in the presidential race.

“We want the support of anybody who’s going to publicly endorse us," Conway said on ABC News' Good Morning America Wednesday.  "But enough of the pussyfooting around in terms of, you know, do you support us or do you not support us."

She added that some GOP officials had been "very wishy washy."

Conway's comments come as a flurry of elected Republicans have withdrawn their support of the GOP nominee in the wake of the Friday release of a 2005 recording in which Trump is heard graphically discussing his aggressive physical behavior toward women.

 

On Monday, House Speaker Paul Ryan told Republican lawmakers on a conference call that he would not campaign with Trump and would instead focus exclusively on protecting the GOP House majority. That elicited a furious response, with the GOP nominee writing on Twitter Tuesday that Ryan was a "very weak and ineffective leader" and expressed his relief that the "shackles have been taken off."

Conway was asked Wednesday on Fox & Friends whether she thought, amid the Republican dissension, a new party may emerge.

“I doubt that," she said. "What I think you do see is a party that has growing pains because it is an expansive party that represents different viewpoints."

"This party was veering dangerously close to being the party of the elites," Conway said, "and yet Donald Trump is really giving voice to the workers." She added: "He's been able to expand the party in many ways.”


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