Jake Tapper to Marco Rubio: “Are You in Denial?”

IMG_5778After his concession speech in Miami, Florida, Senator Marco Rubio pulled a Donald Trump and began making media rounds to every major news channel from MSNBC, to FOX News and CNN to pitch himself as the viable alternative to Trump.

On CNN, Rubio pitched again the same talking points to Jake Tapper, but this time Tapper wasn’t buying it, which lead him to ask the Florida Senator if he was in denial.

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“Senator, you keep saying that, and [Trump] keeps winning states,” Tapper said during the interview. “You are talking about Virginia and that is another state that Donald Trump won.”

“I’m wondering if there’s a certain amount of denial that you are in?” Tapper asked Rubio straight up on Tuesday night.

Rubio argued that Super Tuesday wasn’t about winning or losing, but about gaining delegates. “This is about delegate count,” Rubio responded. “This is not a traditional race.”

He then turned to criticize Trump by pointing out the opposition of the front-runner still gives him a chance to become the GOP nominee and savior. “Usually in a race like this, you’d have a front-runner and people would be saying to drop out and rally around the front-runner for the sake of the party,” Rubio said. “What people are saying now is fight as hard as you can to save the party of Lincoln and Reagan from a con artist. If we name Trump as our nominee of the Republican party, it will be the end of the modern Republican party.”

After the interview, Tapper ended his remarks stating, “Call it determination, call it denial, Senator Marco Rubio.”

Watch the interview:


Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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