Marco Rubio has been referred to by a number of conservative pundits as the young, fresh face the GOP so desperately needs. Not only is he young, he represents the swing state of Florida that Republicans desperately need in order to win back the White House. He’s also Hispanic, a demographic Republicans continue to struggle with thanks to the anti-immigrant rhetoric of the party which Donald Trump has taken to all new levels in recent weeks.
Considering that the field is so crowded and Donald Trump has had all of the attention due to his stunts like giving out Lindsey Graham’s personal cell phone number, anything other candidates do is mostly ignored because, as The Onion so brilliantly and satirically points out “Admit It: You People Want To See How Far This Goes, Don’t You?” Here’s a great example of that total fascination with the shitshow that is the Trump candidacy – Ohio governor John Kasich announced his candidacy yesterday, and was mostly greeted with a resounding “meh.” This isn’t shocking when you consider the fact that he’s a moderate by party standards, but add in the dumpster fire that is currently the entire Republican field being savaged by a multi-billionaire who seems more interested in trolling everyone than winning anything, and you can see why other candidates are desperately trying to get any sort of media time.
Marco Rubio decided the way to separate himself from the field is to bash Trump and compare his antics to President Obama in an interview with “Fox & Friends.”
“I don’t think that the way that he’s behaved over the last few weeks is either dignified or worthy of the office that he seeks. We already have a president now that has no class,” Rubio said in a “Fox & Friends” interview when asked about Trump.
In order to justify his claim that Obama lacks class, Rubio cited the president’s selfie-stick video with BuzzFeed, his interviews with YouTube stars, and his interview last night on “The Daily Show.”
“I mean, we have a president now that does selfie-stick videos, that invites YouTube stars there — people that eat cereal out of a bathtub. You just saw the interview he did right now where he goes on comedy shows to talk about something as serious as Iran. The list goes on and on,” Rubio said. (Source)
Marco Rubio claims that these things make President Obama lack class, but all you have to do is go to Google and you can easily find Marco Rubio having beers during an interview with Buzzfeed, as well as a number of appearances he made on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. As Ana Marie Cox pointed out over at The Daily Beast earlier this year, Marco Rubio claims to be representative of the younger and more diverse generation of voters, but his views show that he really represents the same angry old white voters the party desperately needs to stop counting on if it wants to remain competitive at a national level over the coming decades.
Attacking President Obama for appealing to young people is just another tired old Republican strategy. They can’t attack him on real issues, because the solutions they’re proposing are unpopular, especially with younger voters. Speaking of which, I wonder what the demographic Marco Rubio really represents thinks of his plans to see the NWA biopic or love for Tupac’s music, especially if they ever read the lyrics from either?
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