Being a political novice, Marco Rubio has been learning by imitating others. For example, after arriving in the Senate he betrayed his Tea Party supporters by imitating the seasoned veteran John McCain and joining the Gang of Eight. Lately he has adopted Donald Trump as his mentor, copying Trump’s strategy of screaming “Liar!” whenever Ted Cruz directs attention to his record. Trump recently went full moonbat, spewing Code Pink talking points regarding 9/11 and the Iraq War. Rubio followed suit by regurgitating rhetoric from Blacks Lives Matter:
During Wednesday’s townhall, a questioner asked Rubio about race relations in the United States. Although the voter’s question made no mention whatsoever of law enforcement or the police, Rubio was quick to use it as an opportunity to question the racial attitudes of American police. Rubio then proceeded to cite accounts of police targeting minorities. …
While Rubio made a brief token acknowledgement that the “overwhelming majority” of law enforcement are “incredible,” he immediately began to emphasize systemic racism…
This isn’t the first time Rubio has veered into Al Sharpton territory.
Rubio’s latest statements come in addition to previous comments he made last year in which he seemed to lend his personal support to the rhetoric of the anti-cop Black Lives Matter movement, suggesting that the issue the controversial protesters are fighting is “legitimate” and that the growing “resentment” of law enforcement was understandable. Rubio’s comments prompted Black Lives Matter’s DeRay McKesson to reach out via twitter to Sen. Rubio and request a meeting.
Media Benjamin of Code Pink says Trump has earned a “Pink Badge of Courage” for spitting up irresponsible moonbattery; maybe Black Lives Matter will create a special award for Rubio.
As Heather Mac Donald has documented, the sort of rhetoric we are now hearing from Rubio has a disastrous effect on public order. It has produced the “Ferguson effect,” whereby police who know they will only be denounced as racists for trying to keep crime under control take a more hands-off approach. The unsurprising result has been skyrocketing violent crime in places like St. Louis and Baltimore.
Whether Rubio will be rewarded with crossover primary votes from blacks in the South Carolina primary tomorrow remains to be seen, but he has at least succeeded in getting on the liberal media’s good side:
CNN moderator Anderson Cooper, who oozed praise for Rubio throughout [Wednesday’s] townhall, followed up, asking Rubio: “If I could– just a quick follow up: on a personal basis, have you ever felt the sting of racism?”
Instead of demurring and noting that he is currently a U.S. Senator and presidential candidate who has cozy relationships with some of the most powerful and influential billionaires in the country, Rubio instead reached back to “recall” a memory from when he was seven-years-old in which he was forced to endure the sting of racism.
Yet despite the heavy yoke of racism, Rubio does not hesitate to emphasize his Hispanic heritage, due to the obvious advantage minority status gives him in the Age of Political Correctness.
These days the first rule of politics seems to be: abandon all shame.
On tips from Shawn R and Torcer.