Republican Presidential frontrunner Donald Trump has finally begun to attack one of his rival candidates on the substance, and that substance is sweat. At a campaign rally in Greenville, South Carolina Monday night, Trump launched into a litany of attacks against his rivals, but zeroed in on the famously hydration-challenged Senator Marco Rubio‘s (R-FL) tendency to put out more liquid than he can desperately take in. Trump first talked about Rubio’s sweat-drenched performance at the debate, then asked the audience to imagine a Rubio meeting with Vladimir Putin:
Marco Rubio, who stood with me, he was with me when he had the meltdown, and I’m telling you, it wasnt a pretty sight. No, he was standing right there, no, he was soaking wet, I’m telling you. He was wet. I say “What the hell’s going on over here?”
I thought he just came out of a swimming pool, he was soaking. I said “Look! Wow.” Said “Are you okay?”
When we get in with Putin we need people that don’t sweat.No, it’s true. We need people that don’t sweat. Can you imagine Putin sitting there and waiting for the meeting and this guy walks in and he’s like a wreck? No, you got to have Trump walk into that meeting folks, we’ll do very nicely. We’re gonna do very nicely.
Even this many months in, pundits continue to be convinced that some combination of Trump’s verbal aggression and his opponents’ attacks on his political positions will hobble the Trump bandwagon, but every flattening of his rivals, even a silly one like this, is worth a dozen AEI-approved policy papers.
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