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In the wake of Donald Trump’s toxic response to the Orlando shooting, Republican leaders have tried to distance themselves from their presumptive nominee, going so far as to physically flee from reporters. On Wednesday, however, a passionate Trump refused to stand down, claiming that he had more than enough self-love to satisfy his needs.

At a rally in Atlanta, Georgia, Trump promised to “do it by myself” if squeamish party elders refused to get a grip on the hard job ahead. From CNN (emphasis added):

Donald Trump slammed GOP leaders on Wednesday for not lining up behind him, implying that he’s willing to go forward without their help.

“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. OK? 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,” Trump said.

“This is too tough to do it alone,” said Trump. “But you know what? I think I’m gonna be forced to. I think I’m going to be forced to.”

Trump, CNN notes, “did not elaborate on what doing it ‘by myself’ would mean.”