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SUPER TUESDAY EVE: Rubio denounces Trumpism, pushes positive, conservative message

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U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal rally the crowd at Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City on Monday night.
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OKLAHOMA CITY – When former U.S. Army Green Beret Bruce Johnson walked into the Marco Rubio for President rally this evening at Putnam City North High School, he was a strong supporter of Republican Ben Carson.

But as the disabled veteran from Oklahoma City was leaving the rally with his family, he was committed to voting in Tuesday’ s Republican primary for Rubio.

“He has secured my vote,” Johnson said.

What put Johnson over the top for Rubio? It was the senator from Florida’s strong stance on helping America’s veterans get the health care they need. And Johnson was interested to hear Rubio’s older brother, Mario Rubio, lost some teeth in Green Beret training mission during the Vietnam War era.

Johnson was impressed with Marco Rubio’s passionate stance and the fact that he can relate to the frustration the elder Rubio has felt in getting his dental claims addressed with the VA.

“His story was like my story,” Johnson said, pointing to his damaged legs.

Disabled veteran and former Green Beret Bruce Johnson, films Marco Rubio during his stop in Oklahoma City on the day before Super Tuesday. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

And Rubio, once he made it to the stage, a cup of water at the ready, he would cover everything from Hillary Clinton’s email and server scandal to our need for a stronger relationship with the nation of Israel – and much more on this night before Super Tuesday.

Emceeing the event was Putnam City High graduate David Holt (Class of 1997), who now serves as a Republican senator in the state legislature. He is the state chairman for Rubio’s campaign in Oklahoma. Helping him out was the wife of U.S. Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), Cindy Lankford.

Giving the invocation at the Rubio rally was Hobby Lobby founder David Green, who is a hero in conservative circles for his and his company’s stance on religious freedom.

David Green, founder of Oklahoma City-based Hobby Lobby stores, gives the invocation at the Rubio rally, while denouncing Donald Trump. (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

But Green made it clear he was no fan of Donald Trump – a name that came up a lot during the rally – and noting that Trump didn’t learn something important in grade school – to not tell people they are stupid.

“We are looking at a bully that mocks the handicapped, that talks about people’s anatomy in negative ways,” Green said, his head bowed. “And God you’re the one who created us, so we are mocking you when we do that.”

And while Green prayed that God would keep the ugliness and negativity of Trump out of the White House, he also thanked God for sending America “a man of integrity,” the boyish Marco Rubio.


The surprise guest and an endorser of Rubio, Bobby Jindal, the former governor of Louisiana and a recent Republican presidential candidate, warmed up the Oklahoma City audience with a lot of attacks on Rubio’s key opponent – billionaire demagogue Donald J. Trump.

“I want to talk about Donald Trump,” Jindal said. “Donald Trump is a great entertainer. The games are over. It’s time to wake up and be serious. Let’s be honest about the challenges we face in front of us. Do you care about the First Amendment and religious liberty rights? Do you care about your Second Amendment rights to bear arms? Do you want to repeal and get rid of Obamacare? Do you want to protect the sanctity of innocent human life? If you care about all those things you will not, you cannot support Donald Trump. Instead, you must vote for Marco Rubio to be your next president.”

When Rubio took the stage it wasn't long before he took over the Trump bashing, noting his the candidate's Trump University scam operation, the fact that his Trump clothing line features garments made in China and Mexico.

"I don't like scams," Rubio said, directing his derision toward Trump. "I don't like scams that try to get your money. And I don't like scams that try to get your vote."

Marco Rubio has a laugh as he hold a sign that reads: "Boyfriend prefers Trump, I'm Single Now" (Andrew W. Griffin / Red Dirt Report)

But Trumpism is taking conservatism down a dark road. He said he understands that the American people are angry and frustrated with the political class and Trump appeals to their anger, rather than Rubio who says he is trying to appeal to their hopes and dreams. What Trump has done, he said, "boils my blood."

Rubio said he is shocked by Trump's inability to denounce support from white supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan and white identity leader David Duke, who has said not voting for Trump is "treason" to the white race.

"There's no place for bigotry, for prejudice, for hatred, for David Duke in the Republican Party," Rubio said to a rousing round of cheers from the excited audience.


Before Rubio took over, Jindal noted that a President Rubio would appoint a conservative Constitutionalist to replace the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Rubio, Jindal said, is the conservative candidate to help America meet the challenges of the 21st century. This includes going after ISIS and other terrorists who threaten America's interests and allies. This included a long spiel about why America should support and protect Israel, the Jewish homeland where "Jerusalem is its capital." This led to loud applause from the Evangelical Christian audience.

And with many young conservatives rising in the ranks of the GOP, Rubio said that America is in good hands with conservative leaders now in their thirties, forties and early fifties. They are that way, he said, because: “We grew up when Ronald Reagan was in the White House. We are the children of the Reagan generation.”

Rubio encouraged the crowd to vote for him tomorrow morning because he can turn America around, after eight years of Barack Obama taking things in the wrong direction. Rubio said he would push for expanded free enterprise opportuniies, a sound energy policy while saving Social Security and Medicare in the process. Added Rubio: "If I'm elected, you'll have the first commander-in-chief in eight years."

“Twenty-sixteen is a referendum on our identity as a nation,” Rubio said. “As Republicans, it’s a referendum on the party. It’s a referendum on who we are and what people think we are.”

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