Gowdy endorses Trump

Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Election integrity dominates as Nov. 3 nears Tim Scott invokes Breonna Taylor, George Floyd in Trump convention speech Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington MORE (R-S.C.) on Friday endorsed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE.

“I endorse Donald Trump,” Gowdy told MSNBC’s “Meet the Press Daily.”

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“I was a [Marco] Rubio guy, and if Marco had won I would have expected the [Ted] Cruz supporters and the [John] Kasich supports and the Trump supporters to support my guy,” he added.

“My guy lost. When the jury speaks, I’m going to support the jury.”

Gowdy had previously said he will support the eventual GOP nominee, but had declined to specifically throw his support behind Trump.

Asked about his attitude toward Trump, Gowdy said that “I actually didn’t think I was that hesitant.” 

“I was a Rubio guy and Marco lost, but I will enthusiastically support the Republican nominee.”

His statement is a sign of further consolidation behind the billionaire New Yorker, who has faced persistent opposition from some Republicans.

Gowdy was a prominent supporter of Rubio late last year.

But despite endorsements from Gowdy and Gov. Nikki Haley, Rubio lost big in the South Carolina primary, a full 10 percentage points behind Trump.

Gowdy, who is popular among fellow Republicans, has been the target of intense ire from Democrats, who accuse him of overseeing a partisan witch hunt of Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonBloomberg rolls out M ad buy to boost Biden in Florida Hillicon Valley: Productivity, fatigue, cybersecurity emerge as top concerns amid pandemic | Facebook critics launch alternative oversight board | Google to temporarily bar election ads after polls close Trump pledges to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, designate KKK a terrorist group in pitch to Black voters MORE through the House Select Committee on Benghazi.

Gowdy has denied that his effort is tied to politics in any way, and has accused the Obama administration of not being forthcoming about the events of the 2012 Benghazi attack, which killed four Americans.  

Trump angrily slammed Gowdy in December for endorsing Rubio, calling his committee’s hearings on Benghazi “a disaster” for the GOP.

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

- Updated at 5:42 p.m.