Sen. Marco Rubio won't accept a Trump loss if election is 'unfair'

 May 20, 2024

During a bombshell interview this past weekend, Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio refused to say whether he will accept the results of this year's vote. 

What's more, the possible Trump running mate accused Democrats and the media of having a double standard when it comes to disputing elections.

Rubio won't accept an "an unfair election"

According to The Hill, Rubio's statement came during a heated interview on Sunday with NBC's "Meet the Press" host Kristen Welker.

At one point in their exchange, Welker demanded to know whether the Florida Republican will go along with the outcome of the presidential election "no matter what."

"No matter what happens?" Rubio asked in response. "No, if it's an unfair election, I think it's going to be contested by each side."

Hillary Clinton called Trump "an illegitimate president"

When Welker repeated her question, Rubio said, "I think you’re asking the wrong person. The Democrats are the ones that have opposed every Republican victory since 2000, every single one. Hillary Clinton."

When Welker insisted that "[n]o Democrat has refused to concede. Hillary Clinton conceded," Rubio recalled how Clinton "said that Trump was illegitimate."

Indeed, the Washington Post reported in 2019 that Clinton said CBS then-President Donald Trump knew he was "an illegitimate president" when speaking with CBS News.

"I believe he understands that the many varying tactics they used, from voter suppression and voter purging to hacking to the false stories — he knows that — there were just a bunch of different reasons why the election turned out like it did," she added.

Rubio recalls how the media shut down reports on Hunter Biden's laptop

Welker later suggested that Trump's claims about the 2020 election having been stolen from him are undermining "Americans' confidence in democracy."

However, Rubio said a better example of eroding confidence can be found how the media handled reporting on Hunter Biden's abandoned laptop.

While Welker insisted that her network had covered the topic fairly, MSNBC contributor Steve Benen said in October of 2020 that the story was "literally unbelievable."

He went on to say the idea Hunter Biden would simply leave incriminating material at a computer repair shop was "literally unbelievable" and likely "the product of a Russian intelligence operation directed at the U.S. presidential election."

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