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GOP abandons Trump, Trump abandons Virginia

by Mike Andrew – SGN Staff Writer In spite of his exultant claim that ‘the shackles have been taken off me and I can now fight for America the way I want to,’ Donald Trump is withdrawing campaign resources from the key battleground state of Virginia as GOP leaders turn their backs on him. House Speaker Paul Ryan told his Republican congressional colleagues in an October 10 conference call that he would no longer defend Trump and would focus instead on maintaining the GOP’s imperiled House majority. Ryan’s announcement came after Trump’s losing debate performance on October 9, which failed to reassure top Republicans that he could rebound from the now-infamous videotape showing him bragging about groping women. When news of the conference call broke, Trump launched into a Twitter war with Republican leaders, calling Ryan ‘weak and ineffective’ and ‘disloyal.’ ‘Despite winning the second debate in a land

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