Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) has begun to upset of a number of influential figures on the right due to his work on immigration reform with the "Gang of Eight."
After Rubio spoke out in defense of his actions yesterday -- which some on the right have said would lead to the creation of a "special class" of former illegal aliens who are exempt from certain laws and penalties -- Glenn Beck responded on radio by calling Rubio a "piece of garbage" who is being sucked into the Washington establishment.
"He's not trying to do the right thing," Beck said with a snort. "He's falling into the power structure."
U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks as (L-R) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO) listen during a news conference on immigration reform April 18, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Credit: Getty Images
Beck suspected long-established politicians have been telling Rubio that the Republican Party will no longer exist if the controversial bill isn't passed, and that he will be lauded as the grand deal-maker and a presidential favorite.
In response to Rubio's assertion that he agrees with the critics on "virtually every other issue," Beck analogized the situation to agreeing with your spouse on every issue but your affair.
"So I'm cheating on her with Chuck Schumer, but so what!" Beck joked. "Every other issue we agree...I'm just trying to do the right thing for our marriage..."
When audio played of Rubio saying he's "just trying to help this special country," Beck could barely contain his laughter.
"What are we, in the short bus?" he asked. "A 'special' country? What a piece of garbage this guy is."
As the clip of Rubio's remarks continued, Beck and his co-hosts pointed out that the lawmaker's arguments (that the bill "has flaws" but also contains "important" reforms) have been made on controversial bills in the past, none of which turned out favorably for the right.
"MARCO! You are dealing with radicals, revolutionaries, and communists -- have you seen what they've done to the rest of the country?" Beck said. "How can you possibly sit in the same room with those people?"
He continued: "You are becoming a progressive Republican. Get away! Get away! Otherwise we're going to have to send you away."
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