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“Never Trump” Candidate Marco Rubio Says Trump Should Maybe Be the Republican Nominee

Marco Rubio and Donald Trump at a debate in Coral Gables, Florida, on March 10.

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Remember Marco Rubio? Florida guy, good smile, willing to say just about anything in a tone of passionate conviction even if it completely contradicted something he’d said previously? You may recall that his campaign flamed out shortly after he called Donald Trump a con man, announced that Trump “will never be the nominee of the party of Lincoln and Reagan,” implied Trump had an unusually small penis, and began selling “Never Trump” memorabilia on his website.

Wellllll, ol’ Marco has been giving it some thought and it sounds like his new opinion is that Trump will, and perhaps even should, be the nominee of party of Lincoln, Reagan, and Strom Thurmond. On Friday, the Palm Beach Post says, Rubio told reporters that Trump’s “performance has improved significantly” recently, and last week he said that Trump seemed likely to reach a 1,237-delegate first-ballot majority—then told a radio host that Trump would have a “valid” argument to be the nominee even if he didn’t quite make it to that number:

I do think it’s valid to argue to delegates, ‘Look, let’s not divide the party. You have someone here who has all these votes, very close to get 1,237, let’s not ignore the will of the people or they’re going to be angry.’ And delegates may decide on that reason that they decide to vote for Donald Trump.

Rubio also reiterated his previous stance that he’ll support the Republican candidate regardless of who it ends up being. He did not comment on whether he has revised his beliefs about the size of Trump’s penis.

via Jonathan Chait