How dare you to show such disrespect to the great Marco Rubio? He may run in the next presidential election to kick your cult leader out of the White House. How about you posting something like this about your cult leader -- "I like Donald Trump's name in Pig Latin"?
On February 27, 2016, Senator Marco Rubio, a candidate for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, delivered remarks to voters at a campaign rally on the Mount Paran Christian School football field in Kennesaw, Georgia. Senator Rubio talked about a number foreign and domestic issues. He also talked about what he characterized as the danger of the Republican Party nominating front-runner Donald Trump to be its 2016 presidential nominee.
The following are excerpts from Marco Rubio's no-holds-barred verbal assault on Donald Trump at his campaign rally on February 27, 2016.
…. Now look, I want to be frank with you. You deserve the truth about what's happening. Our party today after four states, according to the polls, is on the verge of being taken over. The party of Lincoln and Reagan is on the verge of being taken over by a con artist named Donald Trump. Now, how do con artists work?
A con artist identifies people who are struggling and convinces you they have something that will turn that around. Donald Trump has done this before. He had a school. He had a thing called Trump University. They would go to people who were looking to make more money. People who paid as much as $35,000 because they were told that Donald Trump's real estate genius would give them all the secrets to making money. They were told, max your credit card. You can make even more money if you sold up for the gold course. And they did. At the end of the process the only thing they got was a paper, a certificate, and they got to take a picture with a cardboard cutout of Donald Trump. That's what they got.
That is called a con job. That is what he's doing now to millions of Americans. Millions of Americans who are hurting, people are struggling. You are struggling, some of you are. You're working as hard as you ever have and you're running in place. You have trouble getting ahead, because the world is been unfair, the economy has gone upside down, and here comes this guy who tells you on going to help turn this around because I've been very successful in business. Not really. He inherited millions of dollars. If he had taken those millions of Warren Buffett. But instead he invested in hotels that went bankrupt. He bankrupted a casino. How do you bankrupt a casino? [laughter] The house always wins.
Any time he bankrupted a business, any time he bankrupted a business the people who paid the price where the contractors he had hired. We are over hearing from them. They're calling nonstop, small businesses that did work and he pulled his money out and did what he needed to do and they never got paid. He is not a great businessman. He has taken 4 companies into bankruptcy. You ever heard of Trump Air? It's gone. Four casinos in Atlantic City.
He's a guy who inherited hundreds of millions of dollars and had he invested in the stock market, he would have been better off. He's the only one running for president who has hired illegal immigrants to work for him. He hired Polish workers to help on Trump Tower. He's going to protect you from immigrants taking your jobs -- why is he hiring foreigners to do the jobs at his hotel that Americans are trying to get, and he's hiring foreigners to do the job? He's fighting for the little guy, the little guy are the people he's treated the whole time he's been in business. Time and again, it is a con job.
I'm a strong leader and the other day he told the protester, I'm going to punch you in the face. He has never punched anyone in the face. [laughter] Ok? He's a guy who has been protected and privileged his whole life and insulated his whole life. This is a massive fraud he is perpetuating. The stakes are not just a fake degree. The stakes are giving control of the conservative movement and ultimately the United States over to a con artist.
That will not happen. I make this promise to you today. I will campaign as long as it takes. I will stay in this race as long as it takes. Donald Trump, a con artist, will never get control of this party. I know some of your friends have brought -- bought into this. Friends don't let friends vote for con artists. It is time to open our eyes. We cannot allow a con artist to get access to the nuclear codes of the United States of America. It is a big fraud, and it's time to open our eyes, and we will in the days and weeks to come.
What happens when you attack Donald? He goes on twitter. You guys want to have a little fun today? Last night he actually was pretty calm. After I punched him around a little bit. [inaudible] is learning how to spell, I guess. Somebody said that here. He's flying around on Hair Force One and tweeting -- here's the one tweet he put out. He put a picture of me having makeup put on me at the debate, which is amazing to me that a guy with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup. [applause] Donald Trump likes to sue people. He should sue whoever did that to his face. [applause] Alright, so let's move on.
This is an important election. Why am I so fired up about this? Not just because I want to save the country from a con man, not just because I want to save the party from a con artist, but because this election is so important for our future. What is it stake here is what kind of country is America going to be in the 21st century. And we have a chance to make this country better than it has ever been. But that is not the road we are on right now. That is not the road we're on right now. The last eight years have placed us on a road that will leave us as the first Americans who will leave our children worse off than ourselves. That's the road we are going to stay on if we nominate someone who cannot win.
If you nominate a con artist, the media will take him apart. Watch the media coverage of Donald Trump. There are two reasons they're laying off of him. I'm convinced some of these reporters are scared of him. The bigger reason is they are just licking their chops. They're waiting for him to be the nominee. The day he's the nominee, which will never happen, they will tear him to shreds.
The Democrats are being gleeful about it. They know if I am nominated, we are going to win. They attack me more than anyone else in this race. They know that if I'm nominated, we will win because we will unite this party and we will grow it. But they are holding back and they know if we nominate Donald Trump, they will win. And they can't wait to shred him. And they will. We cannot afford to lose this election… (End excerpts)