A Florida lawmaker suggested that Donald Trump’s bombastic presidential campaign may be a Democratic plot to make the Republican Party look bad.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Miami) posted a tweet last week in Spanish that echoed speculative comments he made to popular radio host Ahora Oscar Haza, reported the Miami Herald.
"I spoke to @ahoraoscarhaza on @z92miami about absurd comments by @realDonaldTrump and I offered my theory that he's a phantom candidate," Curbelo tweeted.
Conversé con @ahoraoscarhaza por @z92miami sobre absurdos comentarios de @realDonaldTrump y ofrecí me teoría de que es un candidato fantasma— Carlos Curbelo (@Carlos Curbelo) 1436470100.0
The Republican lawmaker, who has already backed former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the race, expanded on his claims in an interview with Colombia’s W Radio.
"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, a freshman lawmaker, offered a similar theory to Miami radio host Roberto Rodríguez Tejera, the newspaper reported.
"I think there's a small possibility that this gentleman is a phantom candidate," Curbelo 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, (and) he has contributed to Mrs. Clinton's Senate campaigns. All of this is very suspicious."
A spokesman for Florida’s Democratic Party dismissed Curbelo’s comments as absurd and urged him to “take off his tinfoil hat.”
"Curbelo's bizarre claim is an insult to the intelligence of his constituents and goes to show just how much damage Trump is doing to the Republican Party's brand," said Max Steele, communications director of the state Democratic Party. "Unfortunately for Curbelo, Trump is only gaining in the polls."