Issa distances himself from Trump: Rubio 'was my first choice'
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Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) distanced himself from President TrumpDonald John TrumpSchiff: Surveillance warrant docs show that Nunes memo 'misrepresented and distorted these applications' Chicago detention facility under investigation following allegations of abuse of migrant children Ex-Trump aide: Surveillance warrants are 'complete ignorance' and 'insanity' MORE when confronted at a raucous town hall Saturday, telling voters that he would have preferred Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioSunday shows preview: Questions linger over Trump-Putin summit Hillicon Valley: Trump's Russia moves demoralize his team | Congress drops effort to block ZTE deal | Rosenstein warns of foreign influence threat | AT&T's latest 5G plans On The Money: Trump 'ready' for tariffs on all 0B in Chinese goods | Trump digs in on Fed criticism | Lawmakers drop plans to challenge Trump ZTE deal MORE (R-Fla.) to be president.

Issa was confronted by a Republican constituent who said he feared President Trump's agenda.

“I voted for Reagan, I voted for both Bushes, and I never voted for Obama,” he explained to Issa. “However, I am afraid of President Donald Trump.”

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Issa wouldn't defend Trump, and instead pointed to his own support for Rubio during the 2016 Republican primary as a defense. 

“I was out of the district campaigning all over for [Marco] Rubio,” Issa responded. “He was my first choice.”

Issa campaigned for Rubio during the primary, but eventually endorsed Trump after Rubio dropped out following a poor performance in Florida's primary.

The California lawmaker was ridiculed on social media Friday after he climbed on to the roof of a building after attempting to speak with protesters.