Writes Colin Campbell for Business Insider:
Real-estate mogul Donald Trump repeatedly blasted Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-South Carolina) on Sunday after reports emerged that the influential congressman is set to endorse Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) for president.
Trump, the Republican front-runner, pointed to Gowdy’s high-profile October hearing on the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya, that left four Americans dead.
“His hearings were a disaster. Everybody was looking forward to something that was going to be really productive. And he didn’t win with those hearings. It was a total not-good for Republicans and for the country,” Trump said Sunday morning on “Fox & Friends.”
Not surprisingly, Trump found Gowdy someone he respected and a terrific guy just two months ago.
At any rate, it seems that Trump is relying on sycophants in his Twitter feed to justify his position:
“I’ve been seeing on Twitter many, many people extremely angry about the whole thing. Because, you know, Marco’s been very strong for amnesty and very weak at the border. And a lot of people are very upset with Trey Gowdy for doing that,” Trump said.
Trump retweeted a number of people criticizing Gowdy, including one person who called him a “loser” and another who said he “let Hillary get away with murder.”
So Trump is using Tweeps in interviews now and he responded this way to a follower:
My prediction on the Trey Gowdy endorsement of Rubio is that it will do nothing for Rubio and finish Gowdy.”
Look, Gowdy was sabotaged by an undisciplined Kevin McCarthy (R-Cal) who was trying to impress Sean Hannity during an interview when he said the Bengahzi hearings were about getting Hillary Clinton. It was in this context in which Trump was complimentary of Gowdy.
It’s shameful for an opportunistic blowhard like Trump to disparage a distinguished public servant like Gowdy. A career prosecutor, he’s been a thorn in the side of what’s become a remarkable corrupt Obama administration.