Trump calls Gowdy, Benghazi hearings ‘a disaster’ for GOP
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Donald TrumpDonald TrumpCuban embassy in Paris attacked by gasoline bombs Trump Jr. inches past DeSantis as most popular GOP figure in new poll: Axios Trump endorses Ken Paxton over George P. Bush in Texas attorney general race MORE on Tuesday called Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE’s (R-S.C.) hearings on the Benghazi terrorist attack this fall “a disaster” for Republicans.

The GOP front-runner offered the opinion just after Gowdy appeared in Iowa with Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioGOP lawmakers request Cuba meeting with Biden Bipartisan congressional commission urges IOC to postpone, relocate Beijing Games Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill to hold platforms accountable for misinformation during health crises | Website outages hit Olympics, Amazon and major banks MORE to give the Florida Republican his official presidential endorsement.

Trump responded shortly after the Iowa event.

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“I hope @TGowdySC does better for Rubio than he did at the #Benghazi hearings, which were a total disaster for Republicans & America!” he tweeted.

Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonA path to climate, economic and environmental justice is finally on the horizon Polling misfired in 2020 — and that's a lesson for journalists and pundits Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE testified before Gowdy's panel in October. The grueling day of testimony is now seen as a positive moment for Hillary, as Republicans on the panel were unable to produce any significant revelations.

Since the testimony and a strong initial debate performance, Clinton has been seen as an even bigger favorite to win the Democratic presidential nomination. 

Trump had already stepped up his attacks on Gowdy after news emerged late last week of the endorsement.

The real estate mogul and his campaign team, however, haven’t always been critical of the South Carolina congressman.

Before working on Trump’s campaign, Trump adviser Katrina Pierson — while working for the Tea Party Leadership Fund — praised Gowdy and even urged supporters to donate and sign a petition to encourage Gowdy to run for Speaker of the House.

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Gowdy’s endorsement for Rubio is seen as a boost for the presidential candidate that could be especially valuable in South Carlina, which hosts a primary on Feb. 20.

Trump leads national polls and state polls in New Hampshire and South Carolina.

He holds 35.6 percent support compared to 11.6 percent for Rubio according to the RealClearPolitics average of national polls.