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Washington - Donald Trump Blasts Republican Expected To Endorse Rival

Published on: December 27, 2015 05:23 PM
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U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump addresses the crowd during a campaign rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan, December 21, 2015. REUTERS/Rebecca Cook

Washington - Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump assailed a leading committee chairman in Congress on Sunday for backing Marco Rubio, Trump’s rival for the party’s nomination.

Trump, the front-runner in the Republican race, needled Trey Gowdy for his role as chairman of the House of Representatives select committee investigating the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, in which four Americans were killed.

In October, Hillary Clinton, 68, front-runner for the Democratic nomination, calmly deflected committee criticism of her handling of the attack while she was President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

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“In total (the committee) was not good for Republicans and the country. I mean beyond Republicans, it was bad for the country. I hope he does a whole lot better for Marco,” Trump, 69, said of Gowdy on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”

The conservative news site Townhall reported Gowdy’s planned endorsement, and an email from the Rubio campaign confirmed that Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican, would travel with Rubio, 44, on the campaign trail on Tuesday and Wednesday.

“Marco is a rock solid conservative and a strong leader we can trust. I look forward to campaigning in Iowa with him, and introducing my good friend to voters across the state,” Gowdy said in a statement.

A billionaire businessman and former reality TV star, Trump further needled Gowdy online, retweeting a number of messages critical of Gowdy and the committee.

“Face it, Trey Gowdy failed miserably on Benghazi. He allowed it to drag out and in the end, let Hillary get away with murder,” one user wrote.

Despite Trump’s critique, a Gowdy endorsement could boost Rubio, a U.S. senator from Florida who trails Trump in most national opinion polls but has been on the rise ahead of the first contest for the nomination, scheduled for Iowa on Feb. 1.

Rubio pulls 8.5 percent Republican support behind Trump’s 39.3 percent, Ted Cruz’s 12.8 percent and Ben Carson’s 9.6 percent in a national rolling five-day Reuters/Ipsos survey issued on Dec. 24.‎



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 Dec 27, 2015 at 06:34 PM Anonymous Says:

What an idiot Gowdy is! He is publicly backing one of the nominees who's not even a front runner, and Trump is absolutely right that Hilary committed horrible offenses with Benghazi, including getting four service men killed and then Lying about all of it, and Gowdy did indeed make a shambles of the committee which should've easily exposed her for the lying murderer she is!

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 Dec 27, 2015 at 07:27 PM hashomer Says:

Typical Trumpf attacking someone in an elected, legislative position that he doesn't understand, or comprehend. Trumpf has created a long enemies list. Can his night of the long knives be far behind? Achtung!

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 12:16 AM Neil Says:

Reply to #2  
hashomer Says:

Typical Trumpf attacking someone in an elected, legislative position that he doesn't understand, or comprehend. Trumpf has created a long enemies list. Can his night of the long knives be far behind? Achtung!

Know your self out. We know you're voting for Hillary. Obama in a pants suits.
Disgrace.

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 08:41 AM Tzi_Bar_David Says:

On the morning of Hillary's inauguration, she should be sure to send a bouquet of roses to Trey Gowdy; few people helped her more with her quest for the levers of power.

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 09:03 AM I don't get it Says:

If we want our political leaders to somehow be role models, why don't we hold them to some minimal standard of shmiras halashon / nivvul peh?

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 Dec 28, 2015 at 09:06 AM charliehall Says:

Reply to #1  
Anonymous Says:

What an idiot Gowdy is! He is publicly backing one of the nominees who's not even a front runner, and Trump is absolutely right that Hilary committed horrible offenses with Benghazi, including getting four service men killed and then Lying about all of it, and Gowdy did indeed make a shambles of the committee which should've easily exposed her for the lying murderer she is!

The House Intelligence Committee did NOT find that Clinton was a "lying murderer" and the purpose of Gowdy's committee was purely partisan witch hunting as the House Republican leader McCarthy publicly admitted. The liars are people like you and Trump who promote falsehoods.

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