Despite his increasing popularity and rising poll numbers, members of the Republican Party are dismissing Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, with one House Republican speculating that the Democratic Party is involved somehow.
Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida has had previous experience with candidates entering the opposite political party in elections in order to ruin the party’s chances. Prior to entering office, Curbelo’s current Miami district in 2010 was plagued with scandal when former Democratic Rep. Joe Garcia’s campaign manager recruited a “shadow” Republican candidate to battle in the Republican primary against the conservative candidate, David Rivera, The Miami Herald Reported.
Now, Rep. Curbelo is alleging that the “shadow” candidate is Donald Trump and claiming that the Republican Party would never support a candidate with views that have caused much controversy over the last month.
In a radio interview with Colombia’s W Radio, Curbelo explained his theory.
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“There are too many important national, local international topics to waste time talking about a person who, I repeat, in my judgment is irrelevant – and who quite possibly is a phantom candidate recruited by the left to create this entire political circus,” Curbelo said.
Curbelo later explained his belief in Trump’s phantom candidacy by linking the billionaire businessman to the Clinton family.
“I think there’s a small possibility that this gentleman is a phantom candidate," he said. "Mr. Trump has a close friendship with Bill and Hillary Clinton. They were at his last wedding. He has contributed to the Clintons’ Foundation. He has contributed to Mrs. Clinton’s Senate campaigns.
"All of this is very suspicious.”
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While Trump’s office has yet to release a statement, the Florida Democratic Party was quite negative toward the Miami Republican, saying that Curbelo needs to “take off his tinfoil hat” and vocally oppose Trump’s remarks about illegal immigrants.
Despite the controversy, Trump is currently number one in polls of all 16 potential Republican presidential nominees. In the latest poll, Trump received 17 percent support ahead of second place Jeb Bush, who received 14 percent.
However, Trump has much ground to cover with moderate and independent voters, as he trails Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton 51 to 34 percent. Jeb Bush only trails Clinton by four percentage points, 46 to 42 percent, USA Today noted.
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