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Watch Marco Rubio Endorse a Vulgar Con Artist

Trump's former rival says Clinton is too dishonest to be president, but Trump has said stuff conservatives like.

PBSPBSMarco Rubio, who addressed the Republican National Convention via a recorded message on Wednesday night, came closer to endorsing Donald Trump than Ted Cruz did. But the Florida senator never explicitly told people they should vote for Trump, and his praise was limited to listing conservative positions Trump has taken. Rubio, who while running against Trump for the nomination called him a "fraud," a "con artist,"  and "the most vulgar person ever to aspire to the presidency," said not a word about any personal qualities the nominee might possess that would qualify him for the presidency. 

Rubio spoke for less than a minute and a half, and he spent the first 40 seconds trashing Hillary Clinton, culminating in a declaration that "Hillary Clinton does not have the honesty, the courage, or the independence to be the president we need for the next four years after the president we've had for the last eight." To his credit, Rubio did not claim that Donald Trump does, although the audience might have thought that was where the speech was going. Instead Rubio immediately launched into a recitation of promises Trump has made:

But unlike Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump is committed to cut taxes, curb spending, and get our national debt under control. Unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump takes seriously the threats from Islamic radicals and is committed to rebuilding our military. And unlike Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, he is committed to appointing constitutionalist judges who will respect the proper role of the judiciary.

In short, Clinton is too dishonest to be president, but Trump has said stuff conservatives like. You might wonder why voters should trust a "fraud" and a "con artist" to deliver on these promises. Rubio, who not long ago was warning that Trump's nomination would "shatter and fracture the Republican Party and the conservative movement," did nothing to alleviate such doubts, instead closing with this summation:

After a long and spirited primary, the time for fighting each other is over. It's time to come together and fight for a new direction for America. It's time to win in November.

Not "it's time to elect Donald Trump president of the United States," or even "it's time to put a Republican in the White House." Just "it's time to win in November," whatever that might mean to you. Rubio could be referring to retaining Republican control of Congress, or even a Thanksgiving trip to Vegas. It's not quite "vote your conscience," but it's close.

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  • Pompey (91% LOLLOLZ)||

    Nobody wins in November.

  • Mr Lizard||

    Poor reason, no more cocktail parties for you. No matter how hard you grovel or Godwin, you know they're gonna still blame you for this whole mess.

  • Adans smith||

    Is you kinda behind this election? Trying to spread discord for your eventual attack?

  • UnCivilServant||

    No, we're just that incompetent.

  • Adans smith||

    It all boils down to this. Do you want to see Ivanka on TV all the time or Chelsea?

  • Gene||

    About halfway through Ivanka's speech I started to wonder if this is more about setting the table for the next generation.

  • straffinrun||

    Now that's dirty pool. Have you seen Ivanka's baby pics? Adorable.

  • Adans smith||

    That's old man with candy territory.

  • Fist of Etiquette||

    At least he looked well hydrated.

  • Adans smith||

    +1 Cuba Libre.

  • Alan Vanneman||

    Jake, I think you mean "Watch Marco Rubio be a vulgar con artist."

  • aftertouch||

    Holy shit, Reason writers are out in force to attack and discredit any and all things or people that get too close to Trump this week. (I say this as somebody who despises Trump)

    Even if it means lying in the headline ("Marco Rubio endorses a vulgar con artist" when he didn't endorse him).

    Former opponents endorsing the winning candidate who they previously said bad things about happens at every political convention, even LP conventions!

  • Adans smith||

    True,that's because they have the morals serial killer.

  • Drake||

    Stop the presses! This just in: A Republican Senator has endorsed the Republican Nominee for President!

    Shock and outrage ensue!

    Are we going to get a breathless article every time a Democrat endorses Hillary?

  • Microaggressor||

    With headlines like "Vulgar Con Artist", I expect the ones about Hillary to read something like "A Democrat Senator endorses Sociopath Career Criminal"

    But apparently only Trump is worthy of such pants shitting.

  • The Grinch||

    Interesting, I fully expected Rubio to viciously attack his party's nominee and completely torpedo his political future by endorsing Clinton or Johnson. I just can't believe it worked out this way.

  • Agammamon||

    You know guys - vulgar? I'll give you vulgar.

    How about Berlusconi? I mean the man was a defendant in 32 court cases. Or does he get a pass because he has that delightful Italian accent?

    What about Biden? The guy who can't keep his hands to himself? Or does he get a pass because he's a Democrat?

    Bill Clinton? Hillary Clinton? Seriously? The people who claimed to leave the White House 'dead broke' - which is why they were stealing the furniture?

    Putin? The guy who faked pictures to make him look manly?

    There is no head of state in any country who isn't a vulgar self-promoter. You guys want to slam Trump - hit him on the shit that matters. No one seems to care that he's vulgar. How can you guys not see this? How can you not understand that this is not a point where you can successfully attack him? You've been doing the same shit for months. Its not working. Pick a different spot to shoot at, he's bulletproof from this angle.

    And seriously Reason - are you guys really in the tank for a 2nd Clinton presidency? Because as bad as Trump is, no one in the establishment wants to work with him. He wouldn't be able to get anything done - and 'embarrassing us' with the foreigns is not a big concern to the majority of Americans or American government. You're favorite presidential pick of 2008/12 has made sure of that.

  • The Grinch||

    I'm willing to withhold judgement until I see Reason's coverage of the Dem convention. I suspect many of the writers and editors here are rooting for her but just can't come out and say it. I hope they prove me wrong.

  • Bubba Jones||

    VAGINA FOR PRESIDENT

    FREE ABORTIONS

  • Microaggressor||

    Putin? The guy who faked pictures to make him look manly?

    Those... were fake?

    *Worldview shattered*

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