Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo of Florida is so disgusted by GOP front-runner Donald Trump that, if push comes to shove, he would sooner vote for Democratic front-runner Hillary Clinton in a general election.
Curbelo’s seat in the House has been labeled vulnerable in the coming November election, his constituency having voted for President Barack Obama in the 2012 election, CBS Miami reported.
While his voting record is staunchly conservative, Curbelo has agreed with the president on issues such as climate change and has shown respect while his colleagues have been openly disdainful of Obama.
Curbelo’s willingness to vote for Clinton before Trump if the two are to become general election opponents was outed by his friend and women’s clinic executive director, Kim Romano, on social media.
Romano took to Facebook to share a picture of herself with Curbelo.
“I’m shock as you are that I’m seen here with REPUBLICAN Congressman Carlos Curbelo,” Romano wrote in the caption. “I told him I disagreed with him on every single issue and then… he said he would vote for HILLARY if Trump was nominated!”
When confronted with the social media post, Curbelo clarified what he had allegedly told his friend.
“What I’ve said publicly over and over again to the media is I will not support Mr. Trump under any circumstances,” Curbelo said. “That does not mean automatically supporting Hillary Clinton.”
The congressman has stated: “I think both Donald Trump and Mrs. Clinton are flawed candidates. If you look at the polls the majority of Americans have negative views on both of them.”
Curbelo is not wrong: A March 21 poll conducted by CBS/New York Times found that Clinton had a net unfavorable rating of -21 while Trump scored an abysmal -33. Both candidates would be the least popular party nominees since the survey has been tracking presidential races.
Curbelo stressed that weighing Clinton as an acceptable alternative to Trump was “a moral decision … I could never explain to my two little girls that I would support Donald Trump,” according to CBS Miami.
The Florida congressman is not the only Republican considering Clinton over Trump if such a general election match-up were to take place.
“I’ll never support Trump, period,” former Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida advisor Eliot A. Cohen told The Hill. “If the only choices I’m offered is between Hillary and Trump, I’ll go for Hillary.”