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 TrumpObama calls on Senate not to fill Ginsburg's vacancy until after election Planned Parenthood: 'The fate of our rights' depends on Ginsburg replacement Progressive group to spend M in ad campaign on Supreme Court vacancy MORE when confronted at a raucous town hall Saturday, telling voters that he would have preferred Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioFlorida senators pushing to keep Daylight Savings Time during pandemic Hillicon Valley: DOJ indicts Chinese, Malaysian hackers accused of targeting over 100 organizations | GOP senators raise concerns over Oracle-TikTok deal | QAnon awareness jumps in new poll Intelligence chief says Congress will get some in-person election security briefings 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.