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Donald Trump comes out swinging against Trey Gowdy's endorsement of Marco Rubio

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A presidential endorsement from a prominent South Carolina Congressman is creating a social media firestorm for multiple campaigns.

Congressman Trey Gowdy was supposed to campaign through Iowa with Florida Sen. Marco Rubio on Monday, but the events were canceled due to severe weather. But even Gowdy's announcement of support for Rubio has Donald Trump's campaign bringing the heat.

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The political power vacuum left behind from South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham's withdrawal from the presidential race gave Rubio a big Palmetto State endorsement. 

Rubio's camp could benefit from support from Gowdy, the Upstate Congressman who gained national attention as Chairman of the investigative House Subcommittee on Benghazi.

Rubio ties with Ben Carson for third in recent national Republican primary polls, also coming in third in the most recent South Carolina polls.

After the initial announcement Gowdy would be traveling with Rubio, Trump appeared on FOX News, calling the Upstate lawmaker a loser and failure on the Benghazi panel.

Those comments caught the attention of South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Matt Moore.

"I hate seventh grade rhetoric and invectives being thrown around, personal attacks, name calling," Moore said. "We're better than that."

While personal attacks aren't new to the campaign trail, Moore said, with less than two months to get before South Carolina takes the national stage with the First in the South primary, the discussion should go back to issues.

"Whoever we choose as the next president will have to face serious challenges from day one," Moore said. "They need to be a serious person."

Moore also took to social media, saying criticisms against Gowdy are criticisms against South Carolina as a whole.

"There are good things and bad things about social media," Moore said. "In this case, Trey Gowdy is a humble and hardworking, quiet, dignified congressman from South Carolina."

We did reach out to Congressman Gowdy's office to see if he'd like to comment, but we did not get a response back.

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