Marco Rubio is appearing at an anti-LGBT conference in Orlando, Florida.
Remember when Marco Rubio (who kept telling us how much he didn’t like his job) wasn’t going to run for reelection this year?
The pro-gun, anti-gay marriage senator seemed to soften a bit after the Pulse Nightclub shootings. He told right-wing radio host Hugh Hewitt that he was “deeply impacted” by the Orlando attack and said “it really gives you pause to think a little bit about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country.”
So why is he speaking at an anti-LGBT legal conference two months after the Pulse massacre? Because he cares — about getting reelected, and keeping his 2020 presidential ambitions on life support.
Too bad it’s not the slam dunk he thought it was. His race is too close to call.
DNC Chair Donna Brazile and DNC LGBT Caucus Chair Earl Fowlkes released this joint statement:
“Instead of honoring the memory of those we lost at Pulse two months ago, Donald Trump and Marco Rubio have come to Orlando to headline a gathering of some of the nation’s most incendiary anti-gay bigots. We at the DNC join all people of good conscience in expressing our solidarity with the Orlando LGBT community as they continue to grieve the deadliest shooting in American history. We suggest Trump and Rubio disavow these anti-gay extremists who have likened gay people to Nazis and characterized HIV/AIDS as divine ‘penalties’ for being gay. Failing to do so will be yet another example of the utter lack of judgment that makes Trump unfit to serve.”
I’ll give the last word to Charles Pierce at Esquire:
The good folks at Right Wing Watch have quite the dossier on the folks putting on this hootenanny. Some of them believe that gay rights are a Trojan Horse for the adoption of sharia law in this country. That this makes absolutely no sense doesn’t stop them. That neither Rubio nor Trump could turn down this invitation is a further indication that the Republican Party will remain beyond hope unless and until it can wring these kind of people out of positions of influence within the party base.