A fired-up Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) went on a tear Friday at a Dallas rally, trashing his Republican rival Donald Trump’s conservative record and mocking his trouble spelling correctly on Twitter.
“You all have friends thinking about voting for Donald Trump,” Rubio told the crowd. “Friends do not let friends vote for con artists.”
The Florida senator’s rant came one day after the GOP candidates faced off in a chaotic Republican presidential debate in which Trump fired off countless insults at Rubio and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).
During Friday’s rally, Rubio addressed every criticism Trump threw his way in the past 24 hours, both during the debate and online. He first turned to the real estate mogul’s notoriously off-the-cuff Twitter feed, calling him out for misspelling the words “choker,” “lightweight” and “honor.”
“How does this guy in not one tweet but three tweets misspell words so badly? I only reach two conclusions,” Rubio said. “Number one, that’s how they spell those words at the Wharton School of Business where he went. Or number two, just like Trump Tower, he must have hired a foreign worker to do his own tweets.”
Trump has since deleted several of the tweets in question and reposted them with the correct spelling.
During the rally, Rubio also accused Trump, who referred to him as “Mr. Meltdown” on Twitter, of having a bit of an episode himself backstage at the CNN debate.
“He had this little makeup thing applying, like makeup around his mustache, because he had one of those sweat mustaches,” Rubio said. “He wanted a full-length mirror. Maybe to make sure his pants weren’t wet. I don’t know.”
The Florida senator then reiterated the line of attack he and Cruz used to go after Trump on Thursday night, pointing out that Trump, who wants to forcibly deport undocumented immigrants, has hired foreign workers for his construction projects. He also knocked the real estate heir’s reputation as a business man, pointing out that Trump has had several product lines—including vodka, an airline, mattresses and bottled water—that have failed.
Rubio held himself up as the responsible conservative choice to defeat a Democratic opponent in November’s general election.