Florida Senator and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is a favorite of the establishment. The man who secured his senatorial bid by appealing to the Tea Party crowd has, sadly, cozied to the establishment as he hopes to become President Rubio.
This time last year, Jeb Bush was the heir apparent for the moderate-centric RNC. Since then, however, the conversation has shifted dramatically to the right and Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are dominating the conservative base. Unable to out-flank Trump and Cruz on conservative issues like immigration, Rubio has embraced the loving arms of the establishment who have dumped Jeb’s failing campaign to back Rubio.
Still, conservatives are wary of Rubio, and for good reason. He may have gotten his start with Tea Party politics, but he has repeatedly telegraphed his intention to facilitate amnesty for the millions of illegal immigrants here in the states.
After pushing the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” amnesty bill, Rubio has been cagey about what, if anything, he would do to stop illegal immigration.
However, on Saturday, Ted Cruz highlighted that Rubio’s support for an amnesty bill might not have been a one-time lapse in judgement, but that the Florida senator, if elected, would not undo Obama’s illegal executive amnesty order right away– a promise made by other top contenders.
“Marco right now supports citizenship for 12 million people here illegally. I oppose citizenship… Marco has a long record when it comes to amnesty. In the state of Florida, as Speaker of the House, he supported in-state tuition for illegal immigrants. In addition to that, Marco went on Univision in Spanish and said he would not rescind President Obama’s illegal executive amnesty on his first day in office. I have promised to rescind every single illegal executive action, including that one.”
The hand-picked Rubio-loving crowd booed Cruz for his assertions. Rubio saw an opening and took a shot at Cruz who is reported to not be extremely fluent in Spanish.
“Well, first of all, I don’t know how he knows what I said on Univision because he doesn’t speak Spanish,” Rubio, a Spanish speaker, retorted.
Rubio had walked into a trap.
“Ahora mismo, díselo ahora en español si quieres,” Cruz said- “Right now, tell them right now in Spanish if you want.”
Rubio could do little else but back-down. He did not respond in Spanish and instead, ended up insisting that Ted Cruz is a liar.
“Look, this is a disturbing pattern now, because for a number of weeks now, Ted Cruz has just been telling lies,” Rubio asserted. “He lied about Ben Carson in Iowa. He lies about Planned Parenthood. He lies about marriage. He’s lying about all sorts of things. And now he makes things up.”
But what did Rubio say on Univision about Obama’s executive amnesty order?
In both English and Spanish, Rubio maintained that he would not “immediately” rescind Obama’s illegal order.
According to the Univision transcript, Rubio said in Spanish:
“Well, DACA [Obama’s deferred action] is going to have to end at some point. I wouldn’t undo it immediately. The reason is that there are already people who have that permission, who are working, who are studying, and I don’t think it would be fair to cancel it suddenly. But I do think it is going to have to end. And, God willing, it’s going to end because immigration reform is going to pass.”
This translation has been confirmed by the Rubio Campaign.
Time and time again, Rubio has promised immigration reform, but has thoroughly refused to guarantee the possibility of amnesty for the tens-of-millions of illegal immigrants who reside within our borders because they were willing to break our laws.
He has repeatedly been cagey on whether border security would precede such amnesty or not and he has defended the need for these illegals to stay here as a moral imperative.
When confronted with his past statements, his go-to appears to be simply to call his accuser a “liar.”
Whether in English or Spanish, Americans deserve to know what (if anything) would be done about the millions of criminals in our country who came here in violation of our laws.
The fact that Rubio has refused to be forthcoming with his plan telegraphs a willingness to prioritize millions of illegals over Americans.
The fact that he has refused to condemn Obama’s illegal executive orders in the strongest possible terms indicates a tacit complicity in the eradication of our Constitutional principles.
The fact that he smears those who use his own words against him as “liars” speaks of a comfort with dishonesty that should give voters pause.