ATTACKING SUPPORTERS … EMBRACING TERRORISTS
A couple of interesting developments on the campaign trail for U.S. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida … neither of them good.
First, there’s a big story on CNN highlighting how Rubio’s recent broadsides against liberty-minded lawmakers in Washington, D.C. actually undercut his support.
Specifically, Rubio is attacking supporters of the so-called “USA Freedom Act,” which ostensibly ended the National Security Agency (NSA)’s mass surveillance efforts.
But really didn’t …
Rubio is attempting to use this issue to attack one of his rivals, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas, as being soft on terrorism.
“If ISIS had lobbyists in Washington, they would have spent millions to support the anti-intelligence law that was just passed with the help of some Republicans now running for president,” Rubio said during a recent speech in New Hampshire.
Wow. Them’s fightin’ words …
Of interest, though? Some of Rubio’s top supporters – including U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina – supported that legislation, too. In fact Gowdy and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa of California were co-sponsors of the bill in the U.S. House.
We contend this legislation did nothing but modify the government’s mass snooping capability, but the political fight over its passage is obviously creating some serious headaches for Rubio – an aggressive proponent of the American spy state.
In other Rubio news, there’s a report in The Wall Street Journal causing him some problems as well …
According to reporter Reid J. Epstein, Rubio had an embarrassing “oops” moment on the campaign trail in Iowa in discussing the issue of immigration (a.k.a. one big reason he is struggling to connect with “Republican” primary voters).
“There is no one running for president now or in recent memory who understands the issue, and personally, better than I do,” Rubio told a crowd of 150 Iowans.
Moments later, though, he seemed to confess ignorance in discussing the exploitation of America’s current immigration laws – including the K-1 “fiancee visa” Tashfeen Malik used to gain access to this country. Malik is one of the two perpetrators of the December 2015 San Bernardino mass shooting – which U.S. president Barack Obama has attempted to pin on guns (as opposed to the radical Islamic terrorists who actually perpetrated the crime).
Anyway … Rubio has been talking tough on this issue as he attempts to pin the blame for the rise in terror on the complacency of his “Republican” rivals.
“Who knew there was a fiancee visa?” Rubio said during his Iowa speech. “Most Americans didn’t.”
But he did …
In fact, his own proposed immigration bill explicitly permitted these visas.
“Of course I knew,” Rubio later acknowledged. “Obviously, people who are involved in the immigration debate know that it exists but the vast majority of Americans were not aware that there was such a thing as the fiancee visa.”
Still, that’s a curious statement given the extent to which Rubio pushed for fiancee visas as part of his expanded “open borders” policy. Seriously: Rubio’s so-called “Gang of Eight” liberal immigration proposal expressly included these visas … but now that a radical jihadist who used one of them has killed fourteen people, Rubio is suddenly pleading ignorance.
Who knew …
“It’s tough to get at who is with him and against (him),” a consultant who is advising one of Rubio’s rivals noted. “(Or) what he knew and didn’t (know).”