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In Philly, Keith Ellison compares Marco Rubio to Donald Trump

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Minnesota U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison gave a fiery speech to the Florida Democratic Party delegation Tuesday morning, where he slammed Marco Rubio, unfavorably comparing him to GOP standard-bearer Donald Trump.

“A lot has been made about Trump’s hatred all the time, but some of you might want to remember that he wasn’t the only one pumping out hate all the time. He was not the only one talking hate — I remember a guy named Marco Rubio talking a lot of hate. I have not forgot the hate of Marco Rubio talking about Syrians and kicking them out of our country and they can’t come here, and they’re bad and we don’t want them.”

“This guy — Marco Rubio — he’s not different than  Trump; he’s just not as slick. He should not get credit just because he’s not as slick a salesman as Trump. He is the same kind of guy,” Ellison continued.

In 2015, Rubio did give qualified support to accepting Syrian refugees, but then reversed his position after the Paris bombing attacks last November, with the exceptions for certain groups like young orphans and elderly widows.

Still on a roll, Ellison then recalled how Rubio had said on numerous occasions last year he would not run again for his U.S. Senate seat. “I don’t know why he would want to run again, he said he didn’t like the job. He didn’t show up for it very much. “

“I’m telling you right now: He. Must. Go. The whole lot of them must go!,” Ellison said of the Florida senator, who is running against Manatee County developer Carlos Beruff in the Republican Senate primary. The winner will take on the Democratic candidate in the fall.

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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