Political radio host Glenn Beck gave a rather violent answer on Friday morning to what he would have done in the shoes of Donald Trump's opponents on the debate stage last night. Beck said on his radio program, "If I were on the stage, I would have said, 'Have you been listening to him tonight? Have you been listening to what I say about him? I believe these things.'" He then went on to say, "if I were close enough, and had a knife, really, I mean, the stabbing just wouldn't stop."
The widening rift in the Republican Party grew deeper on Sunday and threatened to upset the July convention as Donald J. Trump refused to rule out removing Paul D. Ryan, the speaker of the House, as the convention’s chairman.
Mr. Trump’s warning was his latest affront to Republicans who have urged him to adopt a more cooperative and unifying tone. And it amounted to an extraordinary escalation in tensions between the party’s presumptive nominee and its highest-ranking officeholder.
In a series of television interviews that aired Sunday, Mr. Trump demonstrated little interest in making peace with party leaders like Mr. Ryan who have called on him to more convincingly lay out his commitment to the issues and ideas that have animated the conservative movement for the last generation.
“I’m going to do what I have to do — I have millions of people that voted for me,” Mr. Trump said on ABC’s “This Week.” “So I have to say true to my principles also. And I’m a conservative, but don’t forget, this is called the Republican Party. It’s not called the Conservative Party.”
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