Rubio Chooses Marco Trumpo Platform Over Florida
Yesterday, Senator Marco Rubio renewed his endorsement of the Republican nominee despite released video of Donald Trump’s lewd comments on women during a 2005 interview.
Elbert Garcia, State Director of Florida’s Voice, issued the following statement in response to Sen. Rubio’s continued support of Donald Trump:
“Over the past 16 months, Trump has proven to Rubio and the nation that he doesn’t respect Latinos, immigrants, women, Muslims, the disabled, veterans, or communities of color.
Senator Rubio knows all of this, and yet he still campaigns for Trump’s election to the nation’s highest office. His continued support of such an unqualified, racist man calls into question Rubio’s own judgement and qualifications. In his pursuit for political power, Rubio has turned his back on Florida and joined forces with a racist, misogynist in support of the Marco Trumpo vision of America.
Once a leader in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform, Marco Trumpo now advocates for an enforcement-first strategy that would repeal President Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, putting 750,000 DREAMers at risk of immediate deportation. During his failed presidential bid, Rubio went so far as to say he would repeal DACA on the first day of his Administration. He has also voted in Congress for elements of Trump’s anti-immigration policies, including legislation that would have redefined many non-violent infractions as deportable criminal charges with required minimum incarceration periods.
Rubio should have disavowed Trump long ago. He should have stood up for Floridians against Trump and those of his supporters who represent the worst of America – not for political expediency but rather to showcase party line defying courage and to exemplify the heritage of freedom he speaks so readily about.
With his continued support of Trump, Sen. Rubio does something worse than prioritize party over country. He prioritizes his personal political ambition over Florida’s need for a champion. That’s not the kind of leadership we need in Florida or in Washington.”