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Democrats and Media Go All Out to Stop Rubio

Friday, 17 April 2015 02:51 PM Current | Bio | Archive

After Romney was trounced in 2012, especially by Asians and Hispanics, the prevailing explanation from Democrats, media pundits was that the Republican Party was a Party of “old rich white guys” that cared little about minorities or women.

Now that the pool of GOP candidates for 2016 includes two Hispanics — Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz — and most likely will expand to include a black — Dr. Ben Carson — and a woman — Carly Fiorina — the critics are silent. But, you can bet that many of them will do all that they can to tear down Rubio and Cruz as well as Carson and Fiorina when they enter the race.

Just as they do with blacks, first they complain that the GOP doesn’t want blacks and then they and their allies try to destroy any black who dares leave the Democratic “Plantation.”

Marco Rubio is bearing the brunt of such venom most likely because they consider him more of a threat than Cruz. As Cruz said two years ago:

“I think Democrats and the media are afraid of Marco Rubio because he is a smart, intelligent, conservative Hispanic. And they are looking for any excuse they can to attack him, because that threatens them.”

Cruz’s words are even more relevant today as we watch the venomous attacks launched against Rubio since his announcement less than a week ago.

Democratic National Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz was one of the first to attack calling Rubio a “flat earth-society worshiper because of his position on climate change adding that he “is in it for himself, and he always has been.”

Clinton’s media allies are also wasting no time:
  • MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said Rubio looks like a “little boy” next to Clinton. When was the last time she or any media pundit called a white Anglo candidate a “little boy?”
  • CNN’s Jake Tapper: “On that issue, same-sex marriage, Senator, you’re the candidate of yesterday.”
The real question is how will white liberal Democrats and their friends in the media attack Rubio or Cruz on their Hispanic bona fides in an effort to turn non-Cuban Hispanics from South and Central America against them — Mexicans, Columbians, and many others including Puerto Ricans?

After all, they do not want such attacks to be perceived as “anti-Hispanic” and risk alienating needed Hispanic voters? But, the last thing they want is for Rubio, or Cruz, to gain any traction among non-Cuban Hispanics and take votes away from Hillary.

So how will they proceed? Just as they leave it to other blacks to condemn black conservatives, look for the same strategy to be used against Rubio. 

It has already begun. Daniel Mulieri, president of the Broward County Florida Democratic Hispanic Caucus told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel that Rubio “doesn’t represent the Latino community . . . I don’t think he understands what we go through and the hardship many of us face.”

In other words, he, and his Democratic allies are sending a message to millions of non-Cuban Hispanics: “Marco ain’t one of us.”

Enter Miami Cuban author and journalists Fabiola Santiago who wrote a devastating anti-Rubio column in the Miami Herald:

“He’s a throwback to a time when women and African Americans had to fight for their rights . . . He forgot that blacks had to wage quite a fight . . . to win the right to be treated as human beings.

"How regretful and embarrassing that his only mention of African Americans was about their nation-building contributions as 'former slaves.' His candidacy is bad for the environment, bad for women, bad for gays, and offers nothing to African Americans and Latinos.”

And then we have Spanish language networks. As the Media Research Center reported:
“So far, coverage of Sen. Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign announcement has tilted left on the top Univision and Telemundo newscasts. . . Both . . . insisted Rubio’s position on immigration is problematic. However, they failed to reference the Senator’s concrete leadership and position on the issue.”

All of this in only the first week of his candidacy!

My message to Rubio, Cruz, and the entire GOP candidate roster, including Carson, Fiorina, Mike Huckabee, and any other hopefuls, is that they should have campaign staffs and consultants that reflect the America they want to lead. Such staffs will make it a bit easier to anticipate, respond to and deflect the “gotcha” questions and attacks of Democrats and their allies in the media — white, black, and Hispanic.

For example, a black adviser might have suggested to Rubio that he should have:
  • Committed to an all-out war against gang related violence that is terrorizing black and Hispanic communities in our urban centers most of which are controlled by Democrats.
  • Discussed how Obama/Hillary/Democrats’ policies have devastated black and Hispanic communities; and stressed the importance of fostering opportunities for black and Hispanic owned businesses.
These are issues that resonate with blacks and non-Cuban Hispanics nationwide; show that there is more to Rubio than immigration and gay marriage; and are worthy of notice and mention by the other GOP candidates.

Clarence V. McKee is president of McKee Communications, Inc., a government, political, and media relations consulting firm in Florida. He held several positions in the Reagan administration as well as in the Reagan presidential campaigns and has appeared on many national and local media outlets. Read more reports from Clarence V. McKee — Click Here Now.

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The critics are silent. But, you can bet that many of them will do all that they can to tear down Rubio and Cruz as well as Carson and Fiorina when they enter the race.
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