Marco Rubio Is Now Matching Donald Trump Insult-for-Insult: 'You Know What They Say About Men With Small Hands'

Marco Rubio Vs. Donald Trump: Insult War Escalates Between GOP Frontrunners
Marco Rubio (left) and Donald Trump
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02/29/2016 AT 12:50 PM EST

If you can't beat 'em ... copy 'em?

Just two weeks ago, Marco Rubio told CBN News that he wasn't stooping to lob Donald-Trump-style personal attacks at his GOP presidential rivals because "it’s beneath the office that I'm seeking but also because I don’t want to embarrass my kids. My kids are watching this campaign...I want to be an example to them."

And now? With Trump still sitting pretty atop most polls on the eve of Super Tuesday voting in 13 states, Rubio, who has not won any of the four states that have voted so far, is letting the personal insults fly.

At a rally in Virginia on Sunday, Rubio took after Trump saying, "He's like 6'2'' which is why I don't understand why his hands are the size of someone who is 5'2". Have you seen his hands? You know what they say about men with small hands? You can't trust them."





And after Trump mocked Rubio at last Thursday's Republican debate for excessive sweating – and ears big enough to keep the sweat off his face ("Thank God he has really large ears, the biggest ears I've ever seen, because they were protecting him," said Trump) – Rubio lobbed insults at Trump's complexion.

"He doesn't sweat cause his pores are clogged from the spray tan that he uses," Rubio said at the Virginia rally. "Donald is not going to make America great. He's going to make America orange."

And in Dallas on Friday, Rubio even suggested that Trump peed his pants at the debate.

Trump, said Rubio, "went backstage, he was having a meltdown. First, he had this little makeup thing applying makeup around his mustache because he had one of those sweat mustaches. Then, he asked for a full-length mirror... maybe to make sure his pants weren't wet."

The New York Times branded all of it "insult tragicomedy."

Over at The Wall Street Journal it was dubbed "political insult theater."

No one called it "presidential."



But Todd Harris, a senior adviser to Rubio, told the Times the crude tit-for-tat was necessary.

Said Harris: "We came to the conclusion that if being a part of the circus is the price you have to pay in order for us to ultimately be able to talk about substantive policy, then that's what we’re going to do."
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