After an audio tape surfaced last week where Donald Trump bragged about being able to sexually assault women because he was a star, many Republicans finally bailed on Trump.
Marco Rubio wasn't one of them.
Instead he tried to have it both ways. He merely issued a tweet, calling Trump's comments "vulgar, unjustifiable, and egregious." What he didn't say was that he was withdrawing his support or pulling his endorsement. Because that's who Rubio is. Saying one thing while doing another is how he rolls. Publicly condemn the behavior with words while silently condoning it with a wink and a nod.
Now his Democratic opponent Patrick Murphy is putting the pressure on him over his political dance around the predatory elephant in the room:
In a morning call with reporters, Murphy said Rubio needs to do more to "stand up to Trump" instead of "silently standing by" while Trump "boasts about sexually assaulting women."
He repeated his challenge to Rubio, urging him to either "withdraw his support for Trump or withdraw from the race."
"Florida women and families deserve better than a tweet," Murphy said. "Rubio offers up meaningless rhetoric when he has to and stays completely silent when he can get away with it. That's not leadership; that's cowardice."
Women and families indeed do deserve better, and not only for the reasons above.
Rubio's continued support for Trump says more about Rubio than it does about Trump.
Trump seems to think that sexually assaulting women is his right, while Rubio thinks it's his right to force women who have been sexually assaulted and become pregnant to give birth to their rapist's baby.
Rubio thinks nothing of victimizing a woman who is sexually assaulted a second time by taking away her choices after the fact.
No women should be forced to go through that just because some empty suit in Washington like Marco Rubio says so, especially when Rubio supports a Presidential candidate on his third marriage who brags about being able to sexually assault women just because of who is.
Rubio supports the predator but not the woman and/or the child who's the victim.
Does that sound like "family values" to you?