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Rep. Carlos Curbelo: Trump Not Trying to Beat Clinton

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 Aug 2016 02:37 PM

Rep. Carlos Curbelo said he does not believe Donald Trump is attempting to defeat Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

"I have no hard proof for my theory, but the relevant question is: Do people actually think that Donald Trump is trying to win?" the Florida Republican asked on "The Fernand Amandi Show," according to Buzzfeed.

Curbelo said Trump's acquaintance with Clinton and husband Bill Clinton give him doubts about Trump.

"To all my passionate friends who are Trump supporters — and I understand why; there are lots of people who are angry and frustrated in this country. They really don't like Hillary Clinton for some obvious reasons — put his recent conduct together with the fact that he's a close friend of the Clintons. They attended his wedding; the pictures are there to prove it."

The congressman said that Trump did not take opportunities to go after Clinton in cases such as when she claimed FBI Director James Comey said she was truthful regarding her private email server.

He noted that Trump did not focus on accusations of Clinton Foundation donors having influence over Clinton.

"Mr. Trump had all sorts of diversions and wasn't talking about that," Curbelo said.

He mentioned that Trump's "Second Amendment people" comments "created a huge distraction."

Curbelo criticized Trump for campaigning in states that traditionally favor Democrats, such as Connecticut. "What is any candidate doing campaigning in Connecticut, a state that President [Barack] Obama carried by 18 points last time and that no Republican has won since 1988?"

The U.S. representative has been at odds with Trump and Trump's supporters before.

Politico reported that he sent a cease-and-desist letter to the pro-Trump PAC Americans for Sensible Solutions, because the group said Curbelo was working with Trump in a "Curbelo Trump Unity 2016 Campaign."

In March, Curbelo told CBS Miami that he would be open to voting for Clinton.

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