Jay Bookman

Opinion columnist and blogger with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, specializing in foreign relations, environmental and technology-related issues

'Little Marco' shrinks himself to 'teeny weeny Micro Marco'


Not that long ago, Marco Rubio was describing Donald Trump with terms such as "fraud", "con artist" and "a lunatic trying to get nuclear weapons in America." He warned against a rising tide of violence in American politics inspired by Trump, pointing out that “This is what happens when a leading presidential candidate goes around feeding into a narrative of bitterness and anger and frustration.”

In fact, his condemnation of Trump went to the very core of the man and his campaign:

"It's very easy to go to people who are hurting and say 'I know you're hurting, I know you're angry, you should be angry, I want you to be angry, I'm angry too, let's be angry together because the bad things that are happening to you are their fault. It's their fault. It's someone else’s fault. And so give me power so we can go after the people who have made you angry. Give me power so we can go after the people who have made your life bad.' It's very easy to say that. Every movement in human history that has been founded on that argument has been a dangerous and disastrous one for the country."

Let's repeat that last sentence, because it's important:

"Every movement in human history that has been founded on that argument has been a dangerous and disastrous one for the country."

That was then. Now, the man whom Trump dismissed as "Little Marco" describes such statements as mere "policy differences". He says that if Trump would like him to speak on his behalf at the upcoming GOP convention, "I would most certainly be honored to be considered for that."

How does one shift from what appeared to be heartfelt, sincere condemnation that goes well beyond the harsh rhetoric standard in political campaigns, condemnation that describes the opponent as a threat to the basic nature of American democracy and as a man too crazy and unstable to be allowed anywhere near nuclear weaponry, to "I would most certainly be honored to be considered ...."

Is that how you put the interests of the country ahead of your own?

It's just astounding and depressing. And somewhere you just know Trump is smiling that Cheshire Cat smile of his, thinking "I was right about that Little Marco all along ...."


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Jay Bookman writes about government and politics, with an occasional foray into other aspects of life as time, space and opportunity allow.