Senator Marco Rubio, like many in the Republican establishment, believes that the only way to win an election is to lure liberals away from the Democratic Party. This foolish notion has informed his position on illegal immigration, his stance on protecting and expanding health entitlements, and now it appears to be guiding him on the subject of police brutality.
At the CNN townhall event on Wednesday, Rubio was asked how he viewed race relations in America. “You talk about race relations, it’s a difficult issue in this country,” Rubio said, “And I know a lot if it is centered around law enforcement and police departments.”
At this point, Rubio could have explained how the media has blown the subject of police racism way out of proportion. He could have used this platform to paint a contrast between conservatives and liberals. He could have pointed out that when it comes to the relationship between the community and the police, there’s been far too little emphasis on the “community” aspect of the problem.
Instead, he spoke as though he might seek the Democratic nomination if this race didn’t work out for him. “In this country, a significant number particularly of young African-American males feel as if they are treated differently than the rest of society,” Rubio said. “And here’s the bottom line: Whether you agree with them or not–I happen to have seen this happen–but whether you agree or not, if a significant percentage of the American family believes that they are being treated differently than everyone else, we have a problem, and we have to address it as a society and as a country. I do not believe we can fulfill our potential as a nation unless we address that.”
Rubio, along with many of his fellow Republicans, has accused President Obama of being a divisive figure. He has promised to draw Americans back in unity as president, as if that’s even slightly possible at this point. But when he parrots liberal talking points on race and law enforcement, he’s only making it worse. No, racism is not a myth. No, not every police officer is a paragon of virtue. But the gulf between what’s really happening in our country and what the Black Lives Matter movement wants us to believe is happening is too wide to ignore.
Whether you think Donald Trump is the greatest thing since sliced bread or the most dangerous man to ever run for president, you know that he’s not going to back away from an opinion just because it might be controversial. We need a president who isn’t afraid to speak the truth. We need a president who isn’t going to carefully gauge his views based on the political winds of the day. Rubio, time after time, has signaled that he is not that man.