Former presidential candidate Marco Rubio says Donald Trump's charge that the GOP primary is "rigged" is wrong and that, despite his differences with the billionaire businessman, he would support him if he wins the party's nomination.
In an interview on Miami radio station WIOD Wednesday, the Florida senator says Trump's argument of a rigged primary is wrong because "he knew the rules, or should have, going in."
Trump rained fresh criticism on the Republican Party's nomination process last Friday, describing the system as "rigged" and warning that millions of disenfranchised Republicans would sit out the general election if he's denied the nomination.
Trump attacked his Republican rivals, Ted Cruz and John Kasich, but also took direct aim at his own party's leadership. He charged that "party bosses" arranged a presidential nomination process that has unfairly allowed Cruz to stay within striking distance in the battle for delegates.
"The system is rigged, folks," Trump charged. "The top Republicans called up, they said, 'Donald, please could you stop saying that?' I said: 'Look, I'm telling the truth. I don't care, I'm telling the truth.'"
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Trump's sustained attacks on Republican leadership in recent days forced Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus to lash out at the GOP front-runner last week..
"The truth is that these plans have been in place since October of last year. It's was the same system that elected Abraham Lincoln," Priebus said on NBC's "Today." He continued, "The complaining that goes on is something that I think probably distracts from what we really need to do, which is come together as Republicans."
As for Rubio backing Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee, the Florida lawmaker said "I've always said I'm going to support the Republican nominee and that's especially true now that it's apparent that Hillary Clinton" is going to win the Democratic nomination.
Says Rubio: "Hillary Clinton would be a disaster for America."
Based on reporting by The Associated Press.