Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), who enabled former President Trump to run wild with false claims of election fraud that eventually led to the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last month, has no plans to stop Trump from spewing more fraud falsehoods during his remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this weekend.
In an interview with CNN published Thursday, Rubio bragged that he plans to visit Trump at some point, noting that the former president is one of his “constituents.”
Staying true to his loyalty to Trump, Rubio praised the former president for supposedly bringing together “common sense wisdom and working class values” into the GOP, according to CNN.
Rubio told CNN that it’s “impossible” to envision Trump not having a major influence on the GOP.
“I don’t know how that would be the case or why we would want that to be the case,” Rubio told CNN when asked if Trump should have no role in the party going forward.
Rubio, who told CNN that he’s seen no evidence to suggest that the election was stolen from Trump, also had a nonchalant response when asked about the former president potentially preaching his election fraud falsehoods to his supporters at CPAC.
“He can say whatever he wants to say,” Rubio told CNN.
Rubio’s latest expression of his undying loyalty to Trump was made within the same week of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) having a tense exchange during a House Republican leadership press conference on Wednesday that highlighted the growing divide between Trump loyalists and those who have dared to buck the former president.
While McCarthy quipped: “yes, he should” when asked whether Trump should speak at CPAC, Cheney stood by her vehement criticism of Trump after the former president incited the mob behind the deadly Capitol insurrection last month.
“That’s up to CPAC,” Cheney said.
Rubio has also repeatedly found himself in Twitter-roasting territory after firing off tone-deaf tweets using Trumpian rhetoric.
Additionally, Rubio tried last month to pretend that he’s not sweating over rumors of Ivanka Trump launching a primary challenge against him during an interview on Fox News. The former president’s daughter, however, ultimately shut down rumors of challenging Rubio during next year’s midterm elections.
A spokesperson for Rubio told the New York Times last week that Rubio spoke with the former president’s daughter “a few weeks ago.” Ivanka Trump supposedly signaled her support for the Trump loyalist’s re-election efforts.
“Ivanka offered her support for Marco’s reelection,” Nick Iacovella, a spokesperson for Rubio, told the Times. “They had a great talk.”