This may be the best thing you will see today. President Barack Obama tore into Sen. Marco Rubio (and the rest of the Republican party by default) for their continued support of Donald Trump, especially since there was a time when they condemned him.
Speaking in Miami Gardens, Florida at a rally for Hillary Clinton, Obama let Rubio have it for continuing to back the GOP nominee despite having formerly denounced him as an “erratic individual.”
“I agree with the U.S. senator, a Republican, who a while back said that we can’t afford to give the nuclear codes of the United States to an erratic individual,” Obama said. “By the way, you know who said that? Marco Rubio!”
The president mentioned that Rubio had once referred to Trump as a “con artist.”
“Say it again!” shouted someone in the crowd.
“Do you want me to say it again?” Obama asked. “He said, Marco Rubio said, this was a dangerous con artist who spent a lifetime, spent a career, sticking it to working people! Now that begs the question, since we’re in Florida: why does Marco Rubio still plan to vote for Donald Trump?”
Everyone knows that there are differences between the two major parties, Obama said. But making decisions based on partisanship or hopes of political advancement are wrong.
“Trump didn’t come out of nowhere,” he said, citing the rise of Republican politicians and far-right news outlets who have promoted conspiracy theories like birtherism, the long-refuted claim that Obama was not born in the United States.
“They’ve been saying crazy stuff, and there are a lot of politicians like Marco Rubio who know better, but they just look the other way,” he said.
Obama added that it is the right-wing extremist conspiracy theories that Rubio and his colleagues encouraged, along with Republican obstructionism, that brought us to where we are today.
“They just stood by and said nothing, even though they knew better, while their base actually started believing some of this stuff,” he said.
Obama slammed conservatives for continuing to support Trump despite controversy after controversy, including his “bromance with Putin,” his racist comments about Mexicans, and his attacks on a Gold Star family.
“I don’t give a lot of credit to folks who are just now trying to walk away from Trump. Although I will say I’m even more confused by Republican politicians who still support Donald Trump,” Obama said. “How can you call him a con artist and dangerous and object to all the controversial things he says and then say, but I’m still going to vote for him? Come on, man.”
President Obama was willing to give Rubio a little credit for disputing Trumps bogus claims that the election is “rigged,” but slammed him for not revoking his endorsement.
“He’s refuting the dangerous and unprecedented claims of a candidate he says he’s still going to vote for!” Obama said. “Which just gives you one more bit of proof that Marco seems to just care about hanging onto his job.”
Although Obama discussed a slew of other issues in his speech, he couldn’t resist taking one more swing at Rubio before leaving the stage.
“Progress is on the ballot. Stability is on the ballot. Tolerance is on the ballot. Justice is on the ballot. Equality is on the ballot. Our democracy is on the ballot. Hillary Clinton will advance those things,” Obama said. “Donald Trump wants to reverse progress. Marco Rubio wants to help him.”
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