Marco “FUBIO” Rubio is only a day away from being nudged out of the race for the Republican nomination by voters in his home state, who are nearly twice as likely to support Donald Trump for president.
This has forced him to face the rather obvious question that many former candidates have thus far avoided: If and when Donald Trump becomes the Republican nominee, will you support him in the general election.
Rubio’s answer would be sad if it weren’t so cowardly:
Rubio does not… look… well… pic.twitter.com/YtLeqsJadg
— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) March 13, 2016
Said Rubio, when asked if he would honor his pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee — even if that happened to be Donald Trump:
I dunno. I mean, I already talked about the fact that I think Hillary Clinton would be terrible for this country, but the fact that you’re even asking me that question…I still at this moment continue to intend to support the Republican nominee, but it’s getting harder every day.
Rubio reiterated his lament in an interview with CNN:
Rubio suggested he’s considering backing off his pledge to support the Republican nominee if Trump wins the nomination.
“It’s getting harder every day to justify that statement to myself, to my children, to my family, and to the people that support me,” Rubio said. “This country deserves better. At some point, people have to wake up here. This is really going to do damage to America.”
This is the portrait of a sad and broken man. And yet, even in what is being described as the “most human” moment on the campaign trail thus far, Rubio still can’t bring himself to say that Donald Trump’s racism, misogyny and anti-democratic nature have disqualified him from the presidency. After all this, Rubio still isn’t ready to say that he’d vote for Hillary Clinton, write someone in or stay home instead of casting his ballot for Trump.
To be fair, he’s come a lot closer to saying so than his other two non-Trump rivals in the race. Ted Cruz said earlier today that the only thing that would keep him from voting for Trump is if the Gildenfürher murdered someone on Fifth Avenue in cold blood — a scenario that Trump has previously suggested wouldn’t actually cost him that many votes. John Kasich, for his part, said that Trump’s behavior has been bad — very bad, indeed — but had not yet crossed the line at which he’d lose the not-moderate Ohio governor’s support.
When asked what Trump would have to do in order to lose his support in November, Kasich replied, “Let’s see.”
For all we know, Trump’s taken that as a dare.