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Marco Rubio on Trump rally violence: “There are people out there who are unbalanced”

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On ABC’s This Week on Sunday, Marco Rubio made what could be his final Sunday show network television pitch as a 2016 Presidential candidate.

Among the subjects: the violence at Donald Trump rallies in recent days in Chicago, Dayton, and Kansas City.

Rubio was third on the show, not a good sign for his viability.

Rubio addressed the “outrageous” things Trump said, adding that “I think the media’s responsible for some of this,” and reiterating his claims about the “professional industry of protestors in Chicago” before saying that Trump “on a regular basis, incites his crowds.”

“There are people out there who are unbalanced,” Rubio noted, a contention supported by events of the recent days.

“Our political discourse looks like the comment section of a blog,” Rubio added. If this continues, “we’re going to lose our Republic.”

“It’s getting harder every day,” Rubio repeated regarding supporting the nominee if he is Trump. “I think we’re having a battle to define conservatism in the Republican Party. I do not want the Republican Party or the conservative movement to be defined by Donald Trump’s campaign.”

This election “has turned into a real circus,” Rubio added, “and now it’s turned into something worse.”

And for all that, Rubio added, Trump likely would depress November turnout.

“How about the millions and millions of people around the country who have said that if Donald Trump is our nominee, we won’t vote?”

“I still believe that Donald Trump will not be the nominee,” Rubio said, adding that Trump needs 60 percent of the vote going forward to be nominee, and that Ted Cruz needs even more support to reach the threshold.

A.G. Gancarski has written a weekly column for Jacksonville’s Folio Weekly since 2003. His writings on politics, culture, and sport have appeared in the Washington Times, the Daily Caller, and the American Conservative. His radio and TV appearances include frequent contributions to WJCT-FM (Jacksonville’s Public Radio station); additionally, he has been a guest on Huff Post Live and the Savage Nation radio show. Gancarski can be reached at a.g.gancarski@gmail.com.

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