Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Monday criticized Donald Trump for encouraging and allowing violence to take place at his campaign events, noting that there’s a double standard that allows Trump to get away with certain behavior.
During an interview on “The Mike Gallagher Show,” Rubio said that Trump “openly encourages people in his crowd to harm people physically.”
He then addressed allegations that Trump’s campaign manager grabbed Breitbart reporter Michelle Fields’ arm and pulled her away as she tried to ask the candidate a question after a press conference.
“If it happened, it is one more example of what’s happening here at these events and the Trump rallies,” Rubio said. “Irrespective of where you feel he stands on policy, which I don’t know where he stands on policy because he doesn’t talk about public policy — it’s unacceptable.”
The Florida senator argued that other campaigns would not still be intact after such allegations.
“If my campaign manager had done that, my campaign would be over,” Rubio said. “Somehow there’s a double standard here in all of this.”
Earlier in the interview, Rubio warned that Americans have to “get a grip here about the direction we’re taking our politics, or we’re going to turn into a third world country when it comes to politics.”
H/t The Hill