I get it, during presidential campaigns emotions get high and candidates say and do things that they don’t mean. These are grueling contests often decided by who’s the best at attacking and putting down their opponents. Unfortunately, that’s just how it works nowadays.
However, there are lines you can cross where there ends up being no rational way to “walk back” what you said. Even as heated as the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders has been, there’s nothing that’s been said by either candidate that can’t be walked back a bit during a general election campaign.
That’s not the case for Republicans.
During the primary, many Republicans flat-out said Donald Trump had no business being president because he’s a loose cannon, not mentally prepared to do the job and was simply not fit to be Commander-in-Chief.
These weren’t candidates going after policies — these were personal attacks.
Of course, this led “The Donald” to act how he normally does by creating childish nicknames for people who criticize him.
Insults like “Little Marco,” for instance.
While there were many embarrassing moments during the Republican presidential debates, easily the worst one was when Trump and Rubio went at one another, with a lot of the discussion swirling around the size of Trump’s hands and Rubio’s sweating. This all led to Trump doing something that had never been done in a presidential debate before – he made a reference to his penis size.
That night, more so than others, was an absolute embarrassment for this country. Even Republicans seemed ashamed at how these men were acting.
This was back when it seemed the GOP was doing just about everything it could to push the Florida senator with the hope that he could be the one to defeat Trump. Meanwhile, all that ended up happening is Trump crushed “Little Marco” during their petty back and forth attacks, which ultimately led to Rubio’s complete collapse, soon ending his campaign.
Make no mistake about it, Rubio failed largely because Trump absolutely tore him apart for several weeks.
That’s why when I saw that Rubio had apologized to Trump for some of the things he said, I was floored.
Like Jeb Bush before him, Rubio was more or less single-handedly belittled into irrelevancy within the party by Trump. Now he’s basically sold his soul (and any pride that he might have actually had left) to not only apologize to Trump, but to also state that he’s going to vote for him this November.
I might not be a fan of Jeb Bush or his family, but at least they had the courage to say that they weren’t going to support such a vile, bigoted, racist and ignorant presidential candidate like Donald Trump. I just wish more Republicans had the courage to stand against him rather than endorse the closest thing to a fascist we’ve ever seen win the presidential nomination for one of our nation’s two largest political parties.
Instead, Marco Rubio did what many other Republicans have done over the last few weeks. He apologized and put his support behind the very person who so many members of the GOP had said, for months, is unfit, unqualified and not mentally stable enough to be this nation’s president.