Donald Trump, the 2016 GOP frontrunner for president, lambasted Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Breitbart News Daily on SiriusXM Patriot Channel 125 on Thursday morning.
“Marco Rubio is not equipped to do this job,” Trump said. “Marco Rubio is a lightweight.”
The slam came during an exchange with host and Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon in which the men were bashing the so-called “GOP smart set”—a collection of Washington-centric political consultants and GOP establishment-favored pundits that think they’re smarter than ordinary Americans, and use their public opinion leader positions to protect the Washington establishment.
“Let me ask you—the GOP smart set, which we at Breitbart have identified all these ‘intellectuals’ or ‘quasi-intellectuals,’” Bannon began asking Trump before the billionaire cut across him.
“I don’t think we should call them the ‘smart set,’” Trump said.
You know what, they’re wrong so often. I think we belittle ourselves by calling them the “smart set.” You know, they call them the “GOP elite?” I don’t think they’re “elite.” I think we’re the elite. I think we’re really the elite. Because we’re the ones that are right. I don’t think we should call—just like we shouldn’t call ISIS, this so-called leader of ISIS they say “the mastermind.” He’s not a “mastermind.” He’s a punk. They ought to call him what he is. He’s garbage.
After some more back and forth between Trump and Bannon over the Syrians caught at the border and how the U.S. should deal with ISIS, Bannon turned the conversation back on the consultant class in Washington, D.C.
“Since the Paris thing happened the other day, all of a sudden—I won’t call them the GOP smart set anymore—but the intellectuals, the intelligencia, the consultants, and Politico and others are saying ‘uh oh, now the people realize we’re at war: Donald Trump’s finished because now they’re going to get serious about guys like Marco Rubio and others who have so much experience in the world,” Bannon asked.
“Lightweights,” Trump replied.
“So this is my question,” Bannon continued. “Talk to me as Commander-In-Chief: What can the American people expect if the establishment Republicans are dismissing you as a lightweight and a guy in over his head.”
“No, no no—they’re not, nobody’s calling me a lightweight,” Trump replied. “We’re calling Marco Rubio a lightweight… Marco Rubio is not equipped to do this job. Marco Rubio is a lightweight. They’re not dismissing me anymore Steve. I was just watching Morning Joe, and all these guys who said ‘he’s never going to run, he’s never going to run,’ are now saying ‘what’s going on? Look at this.’”