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Taking heat from some for Charlottesville remarks, Rubio denounces the 'other side'

Marco Rubio on the campaign trail in 2015

The Associated Press

Marco Rubio on the campaign trail in 2015

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Sen. Marco Rubio, who has come under fire for not denouncing the “Antifa,” did so in a speech last night in Florida, bemoaning people “on the other side of the political spectrum who decide they can physically attack people they don’t like.”

“And it’s not just Nazis and KKK people,” Rubio said before Seminole County Republicans.

Breitbart News and people on social media, Trump supporters among them, have lashed out at Rubio for his denunciation of the white supremacists groups that sparked violence in Charlottesville.

Rubio said Tuesday that such hate groups have no place in the GOP. “They’re not the reason why we won election in 2016. That is not what conservatism is all about.”

And then he pivoted.

“I think having that high moral high ground allows us to point to others — communists, socialists, anarchists — who have decided that they have the right to take violent action against people they disagree with.

"And that needs to be pointed out and has not received enough coverage. The fact that there are people on the other side of the political spectrum who decide they can physically attack people they don’t like -- and it’s not just Nazis and KKK people. They’ve attacked people that are, in their definition, not acceptable. It’s not acceptable, either.

"But first we have to take care of our own house.”

More on Rubio's speech here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, August 23, 2017 11:18pm]

    

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