Trump’s GOP opponents continue to enable him, refuse to oppose Trump in November

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:

Said Rubio, when asked if he would honor his pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee — even if that happened to be Donald Trump:

Marco Rubio, screenshot via Hunter Schwartz / Twitter

Marco Rubio, screenshot via Hunter Schwartz / Twitter

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.

Jon Green graduated from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Political Science and high honors in Political Cognition. He worked as a field organizer for Congressman Tom Perriello in 2010 and a Regional Field Director for President Obama's re-election campaign in 2012. Jon writes on a number of topics, but pays especially close attention to elections, religion and political cognition. Follow him on Twitter at @_Jon_Green, and on Google+. .

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6 Responses to “Trump’s GOP opponents continue to enable him, refuse to oppose Trump in November”

  1. keirmeister says:

    Honestly, the only real difference Trump has with the rest of the Republican party is his delivery.

  2. Doug105 says:

    And they will be under the same pressure to vote the party-line, it’s usually the tea extremists who hold the rest hostage.
    This is why you should almost never vote republican.

  3. BeccaM says:

    Hell, at this point, I’d gladly take a principled, “I can’t affirmatively support the opposition Democratic party candidate, but I’d rather cast no vote at all than one to put Donald J Trump into office.”

  4. Naja pallida says:

    It’s hard not to enable someone when you agree with him about 99% of the time. I haven’t seen any of even the most moderate of Republicans say they’re going to vote Democratic if Trump is the nominee.

  5. BeccaM says:

    “A sad and broken man” is a precisely apt description of Rubio.

    One of the angles people have forgotten in the decline and ideological implosion of the Republican party has been the part played by the demand for absolute partisan loyalty. There has to be a line beyond which a candidate cannot go, else risk repudiation…and yet the GOP candidates and leaders can’t even bring themselves to say they won’t support an openly fascist presidential candidate. The short-fingered compulsively lying vulgarian. The malignant narcissist. The man who bragged he could commit cold-blooded murder and it would only make him more popular.

    He is the GOP front-runner and almost nobody in the Republican party leadership will say, “No, he is too extreme even for us. We’d rather sit this cycle out than allow this obviously mentally deranged man to have the nuclear launch access codes. Yes, there is a line even we will not cross.”

    It is a clear indication as to the absolute moral depravity of the GOP that Trump is not outside that line…leading some of us to wonder if there actually is a limit anymore.

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