As you may recall, Marco Thirston Rubio selflessly decided to try to keep his current job, and he cited
a lack of cushy sinecures the Orlando massacre as one reason.
The senator had indicated the massacre caused him to reconsider a possible campaign. Rubio said he was “deeply impacted” by tragedy hitting a community he knows well, saying, “it really gives you pause to think about your service to your country and where you can be most useful to your country.”
And what does the brutal murder of dozens of gay constituents cause a thoughtful senator to do? That’s not relevant here because the senator in question is Rubio, who intends to speak at an event hosted by Liberty Counsel, in Orlando on the two month anniversary of the attack.
It comes as no surprise, then, to see that Rubio is slated to address an event in Orlando next month that will feature some of the country’s most vehement anti-LGBT activists.
The Orlando-based Liberty Counsel Action, an extreme anti-LGBT group whose affiliate is famous for representing Kentucky clerk Kim Davis in her stand against the Supreme Court’s marriage equality decision, announced in an email today that the Florida Renewal Project will be hosting an event called “Rediscovering God in America” in August. The event will be headlined by Rubio, who will speak alongside anti-LGBT activists David Barton, Bill Federer, Ken Graves and Mat Staver.
Sen. Rubio’s homophobia is well documented and he’s spoken at LCA events in the past. I assume the decision to speak at this particular event rests on the confidence (his or his team’s) that even if the appearance makes it into an attack ad, it won’t cost him any votes. And why would it? This is standard Republican shittiness of the sort that gets people to the polls. And since the GOP is as likely to admit there’s a connection between that sort of thing and the Kumquat from Hell, as the Kumquat is to complete a sentence, it’s not like anyone who has any influence is going to disapprove.
I suppose that in general this will be the best year in recent times for Republicans, especially incumbents, to be as nasty as they want to be.
America can’t look away from the Trump Trainwreck, party leaders are too busy gabbling that they steeply rebut DJT’s latest bout of face flux to pay attention to what anyone else is doing, and if someone should locate and cross the GOP’s line that must not be crossed (and appearing at a God-bothering gala run by an acceptable sort of hate group is not that line) it’s not like the party is going to risk congressional seats over a little thing like principle.
Maybe this year the GOP will put Try being less dickish on its to-do list, right after Minority outreach.