"We have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself," Donald Trump said

By Tierney McAfee
Updated June 16, 2016 02:00 PM
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Donald Trump has just two words for GOP leaders who have refused to rally around him: “Be quiet.”

“Just please be quiet. Don’t talk, please be quiet,” he said at a campaign event in Atlanta, Georgia, on Wednesday evening, adding that if top Republicans aren’t going to support him they should “let me just do it by myself.”

“We have to have our Republicans either stick together or let me just do it by myself. I’ll do very well. I’m going to do very well. Okay? I’m going to do very well. A lot of people thought I should do that anyway, but I’ll just do it very nicely by myself,” he continued.

Trump’s words come after House Speaker Paul Ryan and other Republicans joined President Barack Obama in condemning Trump’s proposal to ban all Muslims from entering the U.S. and his anti-Muslim rhetoric in the wake of the attack that killed 49 people at a gay nightclub in Orlando on Sunday.

“I do not think a Muslim ban is in our country’s interest. I do not think it is reflective of our principles, not just as a party but as a country,” Ryan told reporters on Tuesday, calling for “a security test, not a religious test” for immigrants.

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Other Republicans, like South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, criticized Trump’s apparent suggestions that Obama was somehow sympathetic to terrorists. Trump “seems to be suggesting that the president is one of ‘them.’ I find that highly offensive,” Graham said. “I find that whole line of reasoning way off base.”

Ryan told reporters Thursday that he had no plans to revoke his endorsement of Trump, saying it’s only natural for the two men to “agree to disagree on some things.”

Asked to respond to Trump’s suggestion that GOP leaders “be quiet,” Ryan simply said, “You know, you can’t make this up sometimes.”