MARCO RUBIO IS mad as hell, and he’s not going to take it anymore.
Last night, in a Tweetstorm for the ages, the Florida Senator let loose a torrent of frustrations about what has been the most absurd election cycle in recent memory. And can you blame him?
It’s been a rough year for Rubio. Once thought to be the Republican party’s great hope, instead he spent this election cycle being repeatedly ridiculed for his height, his urge to stay well hydrated, his possibly overactive sweat glands, and more. He not only lost his home state of Florida, but he opted not to run for re-election to the Senate.
With the exception of his Marcorobot meltdown during the New Hampshire debate, the young Senator mostly retained his composure. But with just months left until he’s a private citizen again, Rubio is taking a note straight from the Donald Trump playbook, and telling it like it is on Twitter.
The flint to Rubio’s fire last night seemed to have been a Washington Post article alleging that he is “betwixt and between” on his next move.
Then Rubio really upped the attitude:
Go on Senator, let it out:
Let’s dispel with this fiction that Marco Rubio doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing—and we kind of love it.
SANDERS CONDEMNS NEVADA VIOLENCE—AND THE STATE’S DEMOCRATIC PARTY
THIS WEEKEND’S NEVADA Democratic State Convention looked like something out of a Donald Trump rally—which is to say, it was marked by chaotic protests, violent threats, and flying projectiles.
On Saturday night, Bernie Sanders’ supporters reportedly revolted against the Nevada Democratic Party, accusing it of intentionally rigging the convention to favor Hillary Clinton. The fight continued throughout the weekend as aggrieved Sanders supporters deluged Nevada Democratic Chair Roberta Lange with sexist and threatening texts and voicemails.
Today, the Vermont senator issued a statement condemning any instances of violence carried out by his supporters. At the same time, he denounced what he called a corrupt system within the Nevada state party.
“Our campaign of course believes in non-violent change and it goes without saying that I condemn any and all forms of violence, including the personal harassment of individuals,” Sanders said in a statement. But, he added: “At that convention the Democratic leadership used its power to prevent a fair and transparent process from taking place.”
At issue is the fact that though Clinton won the Nevada caucuses in February, the Sanders campaign has been actively organizing to win county conventions. By amassing more delegates at these county conventions, the Sanders campaign stood to cut into Clinton’s delegate lead at the statewide convention.
But the Nevada State Democratic Party denied credentials to 64 of Sanders’ delegates, saying that they either weren’t registered as Democrats or that their records couldn’t be verified. In the end, six of them received credentials, but the vote still tipped in Clinton’s favor.
The room soon erupted in protests.
Meanwhile, the chaotic scene has created waves within Sanders’ massive Reddit community as well. Moderators are urging Sanders supporters to avoid the kind of language that could get them in trouble with the media.
“They’re expecting us to act this way. If we take the bait and react violently and/or with threats of violence, we play right into their hands,” one moderator wrote. “Remember, what would Bernie do?”
Setting aside the issue of violence, however, it’s a little ironic to see the Sanders campaign accusing the state party of rigging the contest. Sanders has often criticized party leaders of trying to subvert the will of the people. But in this case, it’s Clinton who won the Nevada caucus to begin with and Sanders who’s using the cryptic system of delegate math to gain the edge.
On a related note: Anyone know where a girl can secure a hardhat for the convention in July?