Marco Rubio, the Senator who hates his job, rarely shows up to prove it, and won't commit to serving a full term if reelected in the hopes that even his own state won't reject him a second time in a Presidential run, has stepped up to prove once again that he's a shameless hypocrite.
Rubio vowed early on that he would place the country in danger by supporting someone he called a dangerous con man within reach of the nuclear codes in spite of that man's taste for revenge against those who don't agree with him. And that was before we heard Trump boast of his ability to sexually assault women.
We're talking, of course, about Donald Trump, who humiliated "Little Marco" soundly over and over again during the primaries and continued to do so even after Rubio dropped out.
Even though Trump called Mexicans drug dealers and rapists, called for religious tests for immigration, called for a Muslim ban, serves as a virtual recruiting tool for terrorists, says he loves war and wonders why we can't causally use nuclear weapons, stiffs people who work for him, refuses to release his tax returns and admits he doesn't pay his taxes, has a fondness for dictators, refused to denounce the support of the KKK and then hired the alt-right to run his campaign, ignores intelligence briefings while spreading misinformation about them for political purposes, and on and on and on, Rubio continued to support him. Even after it was discovered that Trump violated the Cuba embargo, a pet issue for Rubio, he ignored it, then tried to cover up for Trump. And to put icing on the cake, a tape revealed that Trump bragged about his ability to sexually assault women because he could get away with it thanks to his "star" power.
After all that, Rubio not only still supports him, but now has re-endorsed him to reaffirm his commitment to the man as if he were renewing his wedding vows. Because Rubio truly has no shame.
"I ran against Donald Trump," Rubio said in a statement Tuesday. "And while I respect that voters chose him as the GOP nominee, I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with. And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior."
"I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything," he added. "I wish we had better choices for President. But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next President. And therefore my position has not changed."
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that Rubio stands by the man who thinks sexually assaulting women is perfectly acceptable as a form of "locker room" behavior. After all, Rubio once tried to get under Trump's skin by teasing him about the size of his...well, "hands," during a debate. Rubio also voted to block the Violence Against Women Act because not only would it protect women from domestic abusers in general, but because it would have protected LGBT and immigrant women in particular. Of course Rubio also feels women should be forced to give birth even in cases of rape and incest. So in many ways, Trump and Rubio are a good fit.
While Rubio may well want to hang on to the racist and "deplorable" Trump voters who think women are merely sexual objects and breeders, among their other warped views, there are a lot more voters out there who would rather not hand the country over to a racist dictator wannabe who thinks it's okay to force himself on women.
Rubio says he wishes we had "a better choice for President." Well, we do, and that's Hillary Clinton, who among other things, wants to create jobs, improve the economy, keep improving health care coverage for everyone, and level the playing field on income inequality, rather than Trump, who would rather continue screwing over more than just his female conquests while getting richer via elected office.
But we also have a better choice for Rubio's Senate seat, and that choice is Democrat Patrick Murphy.
Since Rubio doesn't really like the job in the first place, I say let's make his dreams come true and give him lots of time off with our vote in November.