By MICHELLE MARCHANTE
While Republican nominee Donald Trump has faced immense backlash for his derogatory comments towards women in a 2005 tape from both sides of the political spectrum, Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio will continue to stand by him.
Last Friday, Oct. 7- just days before the second presidential election- a tape of a private conversation that was held in 2005 between Trump and Billy Bush- who at the time worked for Access Hollywood- leaked to The Washington Post just hours after WikiLeaks released another batch of DNC e-mails whose content included secret paid speeches that Clinton gave to Wall Street companies and references to Bernie Sander supporters as “buckets of losers.”
During the taped conversation, Trump vulgarly bragged about his ability to grope any woman he wanted because “when you’re a star, they let you do it,” and how he tried unsuccessfully to have sex with a married woman just months after being married to Melania.
After the Post’s article was released, shock, fury and disdain followed the presidential candidate with some defending Trump’s words as just locker-room talk and others calling for the GOP to revoke his nomination for presidency. This incident also caused some high-profile Republicans to revoke their endorsement of him but while Rubio is appalled by Trump’s statements, he will continue to endorse him this election season.
“Donald’s comments were vulgar, egregious & impossible to justify,” Rubio said in a tweet just hours after the tape was released. “No one should ever talk about any woman in those terms, even in private.”
Even though Rubio condemns the comments Trump made, he will continue to uphold his promise of supporting the Republican nominee and will continue to endorse him.
“I ran against Donald Trump and while I respect that voters chose him as the GOP nominee, I have never hesitated to oppose his policies I disagree with,” Rubio said in a statement. “And I have consistently rejected his offensive rhetoric and behavior. I disagree with him on many things, but I disagree with his opponent on virtually everything.”
“I wish we had better choices for President,” his statement read. “But I do not want Hillary Clinton to be our next President. And therefore my position has not changed.”
According to USAToday, back in May-long before the release of the tape-and prior to Rubio’s decision to run for re-election, he said that the choice between Trump and Clinton was a no-brainer.
“Donald Trump will sign the repeal of Obamacare. She won’t,” Rubio said to USAToday. “I want the successor to Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court to be a conservative. I believe that’s the kind of judge that he’ll appoint and I know she won’t. I want someone that will defend life. I know he will and she won’t.”
Jupiter Rep. Patrick Murphy who is currently running against Rubio for the Florida Senate seat was quick to criticize his decision, releasing a statement where he called Rubio a coward and that he “stands for nothing but his own pursuit of power.”
A Rubio campaign source also told The Miami Herald that even though Rubio will continue to endorse Trump he “will not be going to any presidential campaign events” for either Trump or his running mate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. According to the source, this is because Rubio is completely focused on his own race.
Trump also issued an apology through a social media video where he apologized for his past behavior, pledging to be “a better man tomorrow” and never let the American people down.
Traveling around the country and being able to meet the people, he said, has changed him for the better and that at the end of the day the tape was just distracting people from the real issues that our country is facing.
Trump has also tweeted that he will never drop out of the presidential race, putting to rest the rumours that had begun to circulate because of the tape scandal.