Trump: 'It is hard to do well when Paul Ryan and others give zero support'
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Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE on Tuesday bragged about polls that show him winning the second presidential debate but admitted it's difficult to succeed without top Republicans backing him.

"Desite [sic] winning the second debate in a landslide (every poll), it is hard to do well when Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanJuan Williams: Pelosi shows her power Cheney takes shot at Trump: 'I like Republican presidents who win re-election' Cheney allies flock to her defense against Trump challenge MORE and others give zero support!" the GOP nominee tweeted.


Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Monday told rank-and-file Republicans he would no longer defend or campaign with Trump, though he did not rescind his endorsement.

The Speaker also told his GOP colleagues during a conference call that they should deal with Trump in a way that ensures they win their own congressional races in November.

Ryan's comments come after the release of a 2005 tape in which Trump is heard making lewd comments about women. In the tape, the GOP nominee describes how he can grope and kiss women without their consent because of his celebrity status.

Trump brushed off his comments as locker room talk during Sunday night's presidential debate.

The release of the tape, though, has resulted in backlash from many Republicans. Some have rescinded their support for their party's nominee and others have called for Trump to drop out of the race.

Trump on Monday criticized Ryan after the Speaker's comments were publicized.

"Paul Ryan should spend more time on balancing the budget, jobs and illegal immigration and not waste his time on fighting Republican nominee," Trump tweeted.

The GOP nominee on Monday also bragged about polls that show him winning the second presidential debate. But the polls he cited are online polls that often allow visitors to repeatedly vote for the person they thought won the debate, rather than more scientific surveys that poll a specific number of people across party lines.

The polls Trump referenced included one from the Drudge Report, which the GOP nominee leads Democratic rival Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE, 70 to 30, and from Breitbart, which showed Trump with a 93 to 7 percent lead over Clinton.

Several polls conducted since the debate have shown Clinton won the debate. In a Politico/Morning Consult poll released Tuesday, 42 percent of voters say Clinton won the debate, compared with just 27 percent of voters who say Trump was victorious.