According to Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is intentionally trying to lose the election in order to help elect Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in November.
The GOP congressman made his claim during an interview Monday on the "Fernand Amandi Radio Show" on WIOD-AM in Miami.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.) during a television interview on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
And it's not the first time he's made such an accusation. In July 2015, Curbelo referred to Trump as a "phantom candidate" seeking to help Clinton,the Miami Herald reported.
Asked if he still believed that the Clintons “planted” Trump as a candidate, Curbelo replied affirmatively.
“I have no hard proof for my theory, but I think the relevant question is: Do people actually think that Donald Trump is trying to win?” Curbelo said.
Curbelo said Trump utilized “diversions” to distract from Clinton’s many controversies, such as her "egregious lie" that FBI Director James Comey had said that she was “truthful” about her emails.
Curbelo also argued that Trump’s decision to campaign in states such as Connecticut that he has “no chance of winning” benefits Clinton.
“What is any [Republican] candidate doing campaigning in Connecticut?” Curbelo said, noting President Barack Obama carried the state by 18 points.
“So, to all my passionate friends who are Trump supporters,” he said. “And I understand why, there are a lot of people who are angry and frustrated in this country — they really don’t like Hillary Clinton for some obvious reasons — but put his recent conduct together with the fact he’s a close friend of the Clintons, they attended his wedding, the pictures are there to prove it."
"Donald Trump spoke to Bill Clinton three weeks before launching his campaign," he continued. "I mean, again, I don’t have any hard proof, it may be nothing, but is this the conduct of someone who is trying to win? I just, I don’t see it.”
Curbelo said he “certainly” believes Trump should step aside in favor of a different Republican candidate. He added that this election is a “tragedy” because “the country is losing out on a very important debate that needs to be had.”
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