Patrick Murphy: Marco Rubio is ‘terrified’ of Donald Trump


There’s only one explanation why Marco Rubio has been absent from the campaign trail lately.

The Florida senator is terrified of Donald Trump.

So claims a new email from the campaign of Jupiter Congressman Patrick Murphy, Rubio’s Democratic opponent for the U.S. Senate.

A 20-second clip released Thursday shows the Republican presidential nominee in an interview declaring how he now has a “very good relationship” with his onetime rival.

“In the primaries, I had a contest directly against Marco and I was able to win by a lot. Like 20 points, 21 points,” Trump says. “And I then came out and endorsed Marco, and Marco has been with me also, he’s endorsed me. We have a very good relationship.”

Recent revelations of Trump’s treatment of women, according to Murphy campaign manager Joshua Karp, is the main reason Rubio has stayed off the campaign circuit — only breaking silence to reaffirm his endorsement of Trump in a statement that Democrats blast as tepid, at best.

In a 2005 video for “Access Hollywood,” Trump was heard on a live mic making vulgar comments about a married woman he was trying to seduce.

Despite those comments, and the resulting backlash, shocking both Democrats and Republicans — as well as leading several members of his own party to jump off the Trump Train — the brash billionaire continues to enjoy support of many of his most fervent followers.

This suggests that any Republican who dares turns against Trump could suffer a backlash at the polls.

“If Trump turns on Rubio,” Karp says in an email, “far-right Republican voters might turn on him too.”

“This is what Rubio’s cowardice is buying him,” he adds.

The video is available on YouTube.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


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