Marco Rubio says Donald Trump Judge and media ‘want him in jail’

'This is a political prosecution, right?'

Florida’s senior Senator is sounding off about what he calls a “political prosecution” of former President Donald Trump.

In the wake of reports that Judge Juan Merchan warned Trump that continued violations of his gag order in his hush money case in New York City could result in the 45th President being put in lockdown, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio argues that’s been Merchan’s goal all along.

“Well, I think that’s what the Judge wants to do is put Trump in jail,” Rubio told Fox News Radio host Brian Kilmeade.

Merchan, who imposed a $1,000 fine on Trump for his most recent violation of the gag order, said putting Trump in jail was “the last thing I want to do.”

Rubio doubts the judge’s sincerity, however.

“He’s a political candidate being attacked every day on the news,” Rubio said.

“I mean, this is a political prosecution, right? It’s designed not simply to try to damage him every day with leaks in the courtroom, but to tie him down in Manhattan so he can’t go out and campaign, and then you’re going to tell this guy he’s not allowed … to express himself. And if he does, you’re going to continue to fine him, maybe put him in jail. I think that’s what this Judge wanted to do from the outset.”

The Senator also assumes reporters would relish seeing Trump behind bars.

“The media will cheer it. Most of the media will cheer if that were to happen,” Rubio argued of the potential imprisonment, saying it would be “one of the most titanic things to happen over the last 100 years to a leading presidential candidate who’s leading in all the polls.”

Rubio is said to be in the mix of potential vice presidential picks, which could provide some context for his passionate defense of the former President.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

A.G. Gancarski

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  • ScienceBLVR

    May 6, 2024 at 10:49 am

    Wow, Marco, so this is what “Kissing the ring” looks like? Oh, poor Trumpie, everyone’s against him, the insincere judge, the media all want to see him in jail.. don’t know about them, but it would make my day to see Trump behind bars! Got $50 on it actually. Anyway, Marco, shame on you for slobbering at the kings feet.

  • Andy

    May 6, 2024 at 10:55 am

    Jealous of Speaker getting all the ass to kiss and Rubio feels left out!

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 6, 2024 at 11:16 am

    What anybody wants has no relevance unless it’s the jury, Marco.

    But yes, law and order types do tend to want criminals to be locked up if they are tried by a jury of peers, afforded the opportunity to defend themselves against all allegations, but are then found by that jury to be guilty guilty GUILTY.

    If Trump is found guilty, the court should take Trump’s own advice and do what he himself always says should be done to people, “Lock him up.”

    Why am I having to explain how court works to Florida’s allegedly senior senator? Seems like he would understand this stuff, considering he claims to be an attorney. Or is he an attorney like Rhonda? An AINO?

    • Tom

      May 6, 2024 at 12:28 pm

      Funny how I don’t recall hearing anything when the whole Hillary “lock her up” thing was happening. Maybe he could have pointed out then that everyone was entitled to a fair trail and should be judged by a jury of their peers like trump is now.

      • Bwj

        May 6, 2024 at 6:56 pm

        That would have ruined the right’s narrative. Trump has already been shown more leniency than the average person.

  • PeterH

    May 6, 2024 at 11:36 am

    Marco should requisition knee pad replacements. He’s going to need them!

  • My Take

    May 6, 2024 at 12:07 pm

    Dorkio is just a 2.5-bit hack.
    Blabbering whatever lies or spin get him a pat on the head from the master

    • NoJoeNoHo

      May 7, 2024 at 2:58 am

      How about You Take your a$$ out of here, your opinion is trash, and you haven’t a clue what you’re even talking about, but then again you take after your master Joe the ice cream Pedo Pete man!!

      • My Take

        May 8, 2024 at 2:54 pm


  • Michael K

    May 6, 2024 at 12:09 pm

    So any normal citizen would be held in contempt of court. Why do these entitled Republicans all think they are above the law? Perhaps Little Marco should grovel and debase himself some more.

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 6, 2024 at 12:34 pm

    “to tie him down in Manhattan so he can’t go out and campaign”

    This has been a wash for DJT who has had to pay lawyers — but gets free TV time every day as his many courtroom adventures continue.

  • the devil

    May 6, 2024 at 2:48 pm

    PETE i’m done with you

  • Harvett Bellamy

    May 6, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    Yeah the red head 😈devil is finally feeling the heat thinking he’s above the law don’t cry now orange man

    • NoJoeNoHo

      May 7, 2024 at 3:04 am

      Yeah, you’ll be cry alright HARVEY, when Trump’s the next president and throws the absentminded professor and Hyena Harris out the Whote House doors. Bye bye Pedo Pete you creepy disgusting little Old Geezer!!

      • My Take

        May 8, 2024 at 11:01 pm

        Are you Trumpfluffers going to riot again when Trump gets tromped in Nov?

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 10, 2024 at 4:01 pm

          Can do they do it all over again while all their head honchos are still in prison?

  • Ocean Joe

    May 6, 2024 at 8:12 pm

    “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but your dishonor will remain.”

    Marco, you had Trump by the shorts in that debate. You’re so much smarter than he is, your hands are so much bigger, and you can drink water by yourself. Lots of it. Stay away from him, get ready for the day when Trump no longer owns you and the party. You might be a contender again.

  • Elvis Pitts "AMERICA'S BIG VOICE ON THE RIGHT" American

    May 6, 2024 at 8:17 pm

    Good evening America,
    Relax your Sphincters as 0bama ordered the judge to not under any circumstances put Trump in jail. That would 100% get everyone to vote for and elect Trump.
    Trump knows this too as Trump is much smarter than 0bama.
    Trump just “Trump’ed” the judge.
    Elvis Pitts American

    • Speedy Gonzalez

      May 6, 2024 at 8:22 pm

      Senior Elvis my cousin SloPoke says you are the wisest in politics in toto el mundo.
      Speedy y SloPoke

  • von shartzincourt

    May 7, 2024 at 7:44 am

    Little Marco is in love with von Shartzincourt. Speaking of courtroom “leaks” his lover sharts in court, and stinks up the courtroom to boot. Diaper Don is in contempt of court and hopefully he will get put in jail for the next violation of his gag odor. Can’t imagine who will get the job of hosing Diaper Don down after he sharts in lockup. I’m hoping that Little Marco gets recruited for that job, he clearly is not senatorial but better suited for a circus gig.

  • LexT

    May 7, 2024 at 7:45 am

    This is exactly political persecution. No one can point to someone else who is being criminally accused in a similar situation to Donald Trump. In almost every case you can easily point to someone else who has not been prosecuted for doing the same thing. This is Banana Republic stuff. This is one local jurisdiction putting its finger on the scales during a federal election. Be warned, if you are warm and fuzzy now, just wait until it’s Biden, Obama, or Newsome in jail in Texas. This is not a road we want to go down.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 7, 2024 at 8:34 am

      You are correct that nobody else can be pointed to for being prosecuted for Trump’s crimes. Because in the rest of the world, Insurrections are shot dead.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 7, 2024 at 8:37 am

      Oh and um, yeah, the G0P Primary voters decided this would be their guy despite indictments in progress that The Law began working on prior to The Donald ever announcing any candidacy, with The Donaldzzz announcing his candidacy bigly early for the purpose of claiming political persecution about the multiple prosecutions. The Donaldzzzzz can tell his story, but actual history tells otherwise.

    • rick whitaker

      May 7, 2024 at 9:58 pm

      LEXT, your comment is total bull. are you pro crime? your logic makes no sense at all. are you unwilling to believe you put your chips on a loser? wake up dude. trump is a POS.

  • KathrynA

    May 7, 2024 at 9:18 am

    It’s not just the media that would like to see him in jail. So would millions of US citizens. “You do the crime, you do the time” seems to have been the mantra of Republicans and he has overtly done so many and held the court system in contempt. No one else would get away with what he has done as far as obvious crimes or the contempt he has held for the court system and has proven that witnesses and jurors and judges and other political people have had to live with threats to their lives and families. But he thinks only he should be above the law. Very scary thought and one he has put into practice countless times in his life.

  • My Take

    May 8, 2024 at 2:59 pm

    It’s not just the media that would like to see him in jail. So would millions of US citizens.
    There will be celebrations.
    Law and equality WIN.

  • Monday news

    May 9, 2024 at 9:58 am

    When media laughs at poppy seeds making you positive for opioids. That is a target 🎯 of death
    America is corrupt and people are piling in for all sorts of excitement

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