Sen. Marco Rubio blasts Trump rally violence at Pinellas event

PINELLAS PARK, FL (WFLA) – A small, but enthusiastic crowd waved signs and shouted as Senator Marco Rubio’s campaign bus pulled into the parking lot of Beckwith Electric in Pinellas Park.

Moments before, Rubio addressed his chances of pulling off a Florida win.

“I actually believe that whoever wins in Florida has the inside track to be the nominee. And if the nominee is someone like Donald Trump, I can just tell you, the images like what you saw last night in Chicago will become commonplace for the next six months,” said Sen. Rubio.

Protestors both inside and outside a planned Donald Trump rally got into fights at a Chicago university. Police arrested five people and skirmishes injured two officers. “This is a frightening, grotesque, and disturbing development in American policies,” said Rubio.

He said the Trump rally violence is sad for a country proud to change leaders at the ballot box.

“This is a man who in rallies has told his supporters to basically beat up the people who are in the crowd and he’ll pay their legal fees. Someone who’s basically encouraged people to rough up anyone who stands up and says something he doesn’t like,” said Rubio.

He is under tremendous pressure. He was asked if he’ll support the GOP nominee, whomever it is. “The fact that you’re even asking me that question, I still at this moment continue do intend to support the republican nominee, but, getting harder every day,” he said.

After the Pinellas Park rally, Senator Rubio had at least one convert. “He just touched my heart when he said all the things about history. And how far we’ve come and the challenges we face,” said Lauri Stock.

Donald Trumps is blaming the Chicago troubles on people who planned an attack, carrying signs printed by professional people, and called them “wise guys.”

He called it a “disgrace.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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