Marco Rubio Trolls Donald Trump For Repeating Himself: ‘The Lines Around The States’ (VIDEO)

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During Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate, Florida Senator Marco Rubio may have been the first person in the race to actually stump GOP front-runner Donald Trump.

CNN moderator Dana Bash was asking Trump about the specific details of his healthcare plan regarding “pre-existing” conditions. Trump managed to mask his vague answer with a funny joke about insurance executives. Here’s a brief transcript of the exchange.

BASH: ‘But, just to be specific here, what you’re saying is getting rid of the barriers between states, that is going to solve the problem…’

TRUMP: ‘That’s going to solve the problem. And, the insurance companies aren’t going to say that, they want to keep it. They want to say — they say whatever they have to say to keep it the way it is. I know the insurance companies, they’re friends of mine. The top guys, they’re friends of mine. I shouldn’t tell you guys, you’ll say it’s terrible, I have a conflict of interest. They’re friends of mine, there’s some right in the audience. One of them was just waving to me, he was laughing and smiling. He’s not laughing so much anymore.

Hi.

(APPLAUSE)

Look, the insurance companies are making an absolute fortune. Yes, they will keep preexisting conditions, and that would be a great thing. Get rid of Obamacare, we’ll come up with new plans. But, we should keep preexisting conditions.’

That’s when Rubio decided to jump in and challenge Trump directly. Rubio started by taking a jab at Trump; he first proved that he knew more about specific details of Obamacare.

He pointed to the “bail out” provision that he and other Republicans had removed from Obamacare, which would have bailed out the insurance companies if they suffered big losses. Rubio then forced Trump to explain his plan. Here’s the YouTube video of the full Trump/Rubio healthcare exchange followed by the transcript.

RUBIO: … What’s your plan… TRUMP: … You know, I watched him meltdown two weeks ago with Chris Christie. I got to tell you, the biggest problem he’s got is he really doesn’t know about the lines. The biggest thing we’ve got, and the reason we’ve got no competition, is because we have lines around the state, and you have essentially….

RUBIO: … We already mentioned that (inaudible) plan, I know what that is, but what else is part of your plan…

TRUMP: … You don’t know much…

RUBIO: … So, you’re only thing is to get rid of the lines around the states. What else is part of your healthcare plan…

TRUMP: … The lines around the states…

RUBIO: … That’s your only plan…

TRUMP: … and, it was almost done — not now…

RUBIO: … Alright, (inaudible)…

TRUMP: … Excuse me. Excuse me.

RUBIO: … His plan. That was the plan…

TRUMP: … You get rid of the lines, it brings in competition. So, instead of having one insurance company taking care of New York, or Texas, you’ll have many. They’ll compete, and it’ll be a beautiful thing.

RUBIO: Alright…

(APPLAUSE)

RUBIO: So, that’s the only part of the plan? Just the lines?

BASH: (inaudible)

TRUMP: The nice part of the plan — you’ll have many different plans. You’ll have competition, you’ll have so many different plans.

RUBIO: Now he’s repeating himself.

TRUMP: No, no, no.

(LAUGHTER) (APPLAUSE) (CHEERING)

TRUMP: (inaudible)

RUBIO: (inaudible)

(CHEERING)

TRUMP: (inaudible) I watched him repeat himself five times four weeks ago…

RUBIO: … I just watched you repeat yourself five times five seconds ago…

(APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: I watched him meltdown on the stage like that, I’ve never seen it in anybody…

BASH: … Let’s stay focused on the subject…

TRUMP: … I thought he came out of the swimming pool…

RUBIO: … I see him repeat himself every night, he says five things, everyone’s dumb, he’s gonna make America great again…

BASH: … Senator Rubio…

RUBIO: … We’re going to win, win win, he’s winning in the polls…

BASH: … Senator Rubio, please.

RUBIO: … And the lines around the state.

(APPLAUSE)

RUBIO: … Every night.

BASH: Senator Rubio.

(CHEERING)

UNIDENTIFIED MALE: I tell the truth, I tell the truth.

BASH: Senator Rubio, you will have time to respond if you would just let Mr. Trump respond to what you’ve just posed to him…

RUBIO: … Yeah, he’s going to give us his plan now, right? OK…

BASH: … If you could talk a little bit more about your plan. I know you talked about…

TRUMP: … We’re going to have many different plans because…

BASH: … Can you be a little specific…

TRUMP: … competition…

RUBIO: … He’s done it again.

(CHEERING) (APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: There is going to be competition among all of the states, and the insurance companies. They’re going to have many, many different plans.

BASH: Is there anything else you would like to add to that…

TRUMP: No, there’s nothing to add.

(CHEERING) (APPLAUSE)

TRUMP: What is to add?

BASH: Thank you. Thank you both.

That was by far one of the most entertaining and non-substantive exchanges in the GOP debate so far, and that’s set at a pretty high bar.

Despite Trump’s embarrassing defeat at the hands of Rubio during the debate, expect Trump’s poll numbers to continue their upward climb as nothing Trump or any of his opponents say makes any difference. The political beast known as Donald Trump has become a bigger monster than the man himself.

Logic and reason have no effect on Trump voters, neither will either Democratic candidate in November. To borrow some video gamer terminology, Trump is like an online player using a “God Code Cheat,” meaning no matter how well any of his opponents play the game, they can’t beat him among Republican voters.

The only thing that can stop Trump will be millions of traditionally inactive voters going out to vote against him. If enough people still believe that they can sit back and not worry about Trump winning the general election in November, then Donald J. Trump will become the 45th President of The United States.

 

Featured image Screengrab from YouTube.