And He'll Support This Vulgar Man For President
After more than a year of insults, and now less than a month to go before the general election, it's safe to say that there is nothing Donald Trump can do or say that will cause Marco Rubio to withdraw his support for him.
"Little Marco's" tweet above is all he had to say after The Washington Post revealed a leaked tape from 2005 where Trump bloviated a litany of vulgarities about women. Among them was this comment about basically sexually assaulting women: “When you’re a star, they let you do it.”
That was it. No "I can't support this vulgar man for President," no "Any man who casually brags about sexually assaulting women is unfit to be President." Nothing like that. Rubio simply issued feigned outrage at the comments on twitter, (and only these comments) and then went on about his evening, doing what Rubio does best, trying to have it both ways. Because Rubio doesn't want to lose any support from the "deplorables" who support Trump. Rubio hopes to give a wink and a nod to Trump supporters while riding his vulgar coattails.
Because Marco Rubio is just a shameless as Trump is. It's that simple. And if ever there were two people who were unfit for office, it's Marco Rubio and Donald Trump, albeit for different reasons. Among other things, Trump clearly thinks there's nothing wrong with his behavior, especially given that his so-called apology issued late last night contained an "I'm rubber, you're glue" allegation against the Clintons, and a promise to attack them more on that later. As for Trump, well, he clearly thinks he did nothing wrong.
Rubio, on the other hand, is always calculating the political climate for his own gain, and he's calculating now that supporting someone who thinks sexually assaulting women is okay when you're "a star" is more beneficial to his current race for the Senate than it would be to withdraw his support of Trump altogether. So this is how he's playing it:
One top Florida Republican close to both Trump’s and Rubio’s campaigns said he expects “Rubio might start criticizing Trump more. He has to. If Donald tanks, Marco doesn’t want to go with him.”
Rubio "might start criticizing Trump more." Ooh, big of him! After more than a year of egregious behavior and insults from Trump, and with just a few weeks to go, now Rubio may start criticizing the man who said these things about Rubio, as documented by The New York Times:
Never mind all the other things Trump has said and done. Like calling Mexicans drug dealers and rapists on day one of his campaign, (speaking of rape) to proposing Muslim bans, talk of religious tests and a deportation force, his admiration of Putin and other dictators, his egregious business practices and his secrecy about his financial dealings and his tax returns, his tax evasion, his views on the casual use of nuclear weapons, and yes, all the things he's said about women up until yesterday that were completely tolerable as far as Rubio was concerned. Calling women dogs, pigs, ugly, fat, not to mention his comments about Megyn Kelly from Rubio's beloved FOX News. All this, and much, much more, was just dandy in Rubio's mind.
And still, after everything we heard on that tape Friday, Rubio still can't bring himself to draw the line.
Rubio "Might start criticizing Trump more" now.
Too late Marco. That ship has sailed.
Marco Rubio: A true profile in cowardice.