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Donald Trump is making a mockery of Marco Rubio — and the Florida senator is letting him

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Sen. Marco Rubio was once one of Donald Trump’s most formidable opponents; now, the Florida senator bends over backward to excuse the president’s corruption.

In 2016, Rubio and Trump sparred frequently on the Republican primary debate stage. Trump picked the uninspired nickname “Little Marco” for the senator, which didn’t seem to do much damage on its own, but Rubio never gained the momentum or strength that his backers hoped would prove to be strong enough to take down the reality TV candidate. As Rubio grew desperate, he launched one of his most memorable and pitiful attacks by stooping to his opponent’s level, implying that Trump had a small penis. It was more of an embarrassing moment for Rubio than anyone else, though Trump helped himself with a crude rejoinder.

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But Rubio did actually have some potent lines of attack against Trump. He called Trump an “erratic individual” and “someone who has spent a career sticking it to working people.” He said he was “the most vulgar person to ever aspire to the presidency” and a “con artist.” At one point, Rubio declared: “Donald Trump will never be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan.”

Like most other Republicans, he abandoned those criticisms after Trump became president. But instead of just refraining from attacking Trump, the once-proud Rubio now even defends the president’s blatant corruption — only to have the rug pulled out from under him.

Notably, in the midst of an impeachment inquiry sparked by Trump’s hunt for dirt on his political opponents in Ukraine, the president exacerbated the situation by calling on China to investigate Joe Biden, as well. Asked about this, Rubio — a fierce China hawk — claimed Trump was joking and that the media had fallen for it. Rubio acted indignant about the fact that he had been asked to comment on Trump’s remarks at all.

No one who watched Trump’s comments who isn’t predisposed to defend him seemed to think there was any indication the president was joking. And when Trump was later asked whether he had been joking, he made it clear he wasn’t: “Frankly, as far as I’m concerned, if China wants to look into something, I think that’s great. And if they don’t want to, I think that’s great too. That’s up to China.”

So even after Rubio offered him a defense, however implausible, for his behavior, Trump still insisted on undercutting the Florida senator. The message: Defend Trump at your own risk.

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At the same time, Rubio also took to Twitter to express righteous indignation that Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts made a light-hearted joke about people who are opposed to gay marriage. Apparently some “jokes” are worth commenting on!

But Rubio’s most recent humiliation was even worse. After Trump announced that he would host the next G7 summit at his own Doral resort in Miami, Rubio shamelessly welcomed the most brazen example of presidential corruption to date:

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Only a few days later, after a bipartisan backlash, Trump announced that he wouldn’t host the G7 at his property, after all.

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So now, even after Trump has abandoned the plan, Rubio is on the record saying he thinks it’s “great” for a president to funnel government money into his own pockets through a clearly rigged selection process. Indeed, Rubio even openly admitted that he’s fine with this corruption for “selfish” reasons.

It’s hard to imagine a more thorough way for the credibility of a supposedly principled conservative to be completely subsumed by political cowardice.

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Trump impeachment trial: 4 stories from first day spell doom for Mitch McConnell

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If the score was kept for the first day of the impeachment trial, it would show hefty losses for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As Former Special Counsel for the Department of Defense, Ryan Goodman, pointed out, four major headlines perfectly reflect the cracks in the strangle-hold McConnell has had on his party.

First, McConnell was forced to change the impeachment hearing rules. After a huge uprising by Americans demanding to be able to watch the impeachment trial during normal human hours, senators told McConnell he'd lost the votes to hold proceedings after midnight.

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‘Disease fanboy’: Internet slams NBC conservative for ‘rooting for pandemic’ to distract from Trump impeachment trial

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Hugh Hewitt is once again under fire, this time for almost appearing to be glad a deadly SARS-related virus has been diagnosed in a patient in Washington state – saying additional diagnoses will take the focus away from the Senate's historic impeachment trial. Hewitt is a conservative Washington Post columnist, radio host, MSNBC and NBC contributor, and law professor who went from being a "Never-Trumper" to all-in for President Donald Trump.

"People care much more for their health than theater," said Hewitt via Twitter, referring to Trump's impeachment trial. The SARS-related virus, known as the Wuhan coronavirus, is named for an area of China where it was first found. It "has infected more than 300 people and killed six in an outbreak that has struck China, Thailand, South Korea, Japan and now the US," CNN reports.

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Trump pushed for a sweetheart tax deal on his first hotel — it’s cost NYC $410,068,399 and counting

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In 1975, New York City was run-down and on the verge of bankruptcy. Twenty-nine-year-old Donald Trump saw an opportunity. He wanted to acquire and redevelop the dilapidated Commodore Hotel in midtown Manhattan next to Grand Central Terminal.

Trump had bragged to the executive controlling the sale that he could use his political connections to get tax breaks for the deal.

The executive was skeptical. But the next day, the executive was invited into Trump’s limousine, which ushered him to City Hall. There, he met with Donald’s father Fred and Mayor Abe Beame, to whom the Trumps had given lavishly.

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