A House Republican who has endorsed Donald TrumpDonald TrumpClinton allies key on Trump comment not paying taxes is 'smart' Obama rips Trump's Miss Universe comments Fox's Cavuto disputes that clip shows Trump opposing Iraq War MORE for president says other lawmakers are backing the businessman behind the scenes.
“Many members are supporting Trump quietly,” Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) told New York radio host Bob Lonsberry on Wednesday in an interview, according to a report by BuzzFeed News.
“They don’t like Ted CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night MORE at all, and for various reasons unique to their particular congressional districts they’re not formally endorsing Mr. Trump.”
Collins endorsed Trump in February, becoming one of the first lawmakers to do so.
He said Wednesday he hasn't received "negative feedback" from other Republicans for the endorsement, which he made after Trump's victory in the Nevada caucuses.
“In fact, pretty much on the House floor people know he will be our nominee. With very few exceptions, four or five individuals, everyone’s saying they will support the nominee. [Speaker] Paul RyanPaul RyanWhite House threatens to veto bill delaying overtime rule Ryan voices confidence on Flint deal Ryan optimistic about GOP majorities in House and Senate MORE has said that," he said.
Collins said people will support Trump to beat Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Rodham ClintonObama rips Trump's Miss Universe comments Documents show Clinton aides completed high-level security training FBI silent on pending Clinton perjury probe MORE in a general election.
"And if it’s Donald Trump, they’re gonna support him, as we all need to do to defeat Hillary Clinton and the progressive liberal campaign."