Nope, Sit Down Marco
It's well known among observers of Marco Rubio that he seems to live in an alternate reality from the rest of the world, as does his entire party these days, but Marco truly stands out over the rest.
The latest example of this, and the latest among many reasons why he should be disqualified for life from running for President, came yesterday after President Obama visited a mosque and gave the kind of speech that true leaders give as he reached out to Muslim Americans who are unfairly targeted and discriminated against. While the speech drew praise from just about everyone else, Rubio, who somehow manages to find fault with every last thing this President does, was one of only two people on the planet to say, yes, even this speech was somehow wrong. This puts Rubio squarely in the camp of Donald Trump, who has called for Muslims to be rounded up, registered, and/or run out of the country.
“I’m tired of being divided against each other for political reasons like this president’s done,” Rubio, a senator from Florida, said at a town hall in New Hampshire. “Always pitting people against each other. Always.”
“Look at today: he gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims. Of course there’s discrimination in America, of every kind. But the bigger issue is: radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves.”
President Obama gives a speech reaching out to those very people who have been hurt by angry rhetoric and worse, by many, including Rubio and his party, in an effort to bring people together, yet in Rubio world, this is "pitting people against each other?"
Really? Is this pitting people against each other, Marco?
Now, this brings me to the other reason I wanted to come here today. I know that in Muslim communities across our country, this is a time of concern and, frankly, a time of some fear. Like all Americans, you’re worried about the threat of terrorism. But on top of that, as Muslim Americans, you also have another concern -- and that is your entire community so often is targeted or blamed for the violent acts of the very few...]
[..And since 9/11, but more recently, since the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, you’ve seen too often people conflating the horrific acts of terrorism with the beliefs of an entire faith. And of course, recently, we’ve heard inexcusable political rhetoric against Muslim Americans that has no place in our country.
Some of them are parents, and they talked about how their children were asking, are we going to be forced out of the country, or, are we going to be rounded up? Why do people treat us like that? Conversations that you shouldn’t have to have with children -- not in this country. Not at this moment.
And that’s an anxiety echoed in letters I get from Muslim Americans around the country. I’ve had people write to me and say, I feel like I’m a second-class citizen. I’ve had mothers write and say, “my heart cries every night,” thinking about how her daughter might be treated at school. A girl from Ohio, 13 years old, told me, “I’m scared.” A girl from Texas signed her letter “a confused 14-year-old trying to find her place in the world.”
These are children just like mine. And the notion that they would be filled with doubt and questioning their places in this great country of ours at a time when they’ve got enough to worry about -- it’s hard being a teenager already -- that’s not who we are...]
[..We’re one American family. And when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation.
Or, Marco, what about this?
We are one American family. We will rise and fall together. It won’t always be easy. There will be times where our worst impulses are given voice. But I believe that ultimately, our best voices will win out. And that gives me confidence and faith in the future. ..]
[... If you’re ever wondering whether you fit in here, let me say it as clearly as I can, as President of the United States: You fit in here -- right here. You’re right where you belong. You’re part of America, too. You’re not Muslim or American. You’re Muslim and American.
No, Rubio says he will not tolerate all this dividing of people for political reasons. He won't tolerate any of this talk of bigotry against people who are discriminated against and attacked simply for being Muslims, because RADICAL ISLAM!
"As far as national security, let me just say, I obviously am not happy about the events from last week in Paris, but I think it’s a positive development that it suddenly has cast — forced Americans to confront more carefully the issue of national security, because it is the most important thing a president will do and that is the most important function of the federal government.
And I hope we focus on that more, not just for political advantage, but because the world has become a very dangerous place."
That was Marco Rubio, speaking of the terrorist attacks in Paris last year, which he saw as a positive development for his campaign. So yes, he will not tolerate any of this bringing people together talk. It steps on his narrative of bigotry and warmongering.
There are so many reasons Rubio would be disqualified for the highest office in the land in the real world if so many weren't busy pretending he's newest "bright star" of the GOP, but ginning up fear and hate no matter who gets hurt in the process in order to keep bombing anyone he doesn't like is just one of the bigger ones.
Another is not just his inability to grasp reality, but the fact that he shows absolutely no interest in educating himself about reality anytime in the near future, if ever. His comments and views on the President's speech yesterday at the mosque are just the latest example:
A spokesperson for Rubio did not immediately return a request for comment when asked if the Florida senator had seen Obama’s speech.
Rubio hasn't seen the President's speech, but he just knows it was designed to pit people against each other and divide them. He just knows this.
That's what his now dog-eared script tells him.