Who cares if Marco Rubio smoked pot?

By Neal McNamara | May 21, 2014
Rubio New Hampshire

So, has Florida U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio ever tried marijuana?

There’s evidence he has. In his book, “An American Son,” Rubio describes his high school years as troubled; he was a bad student and a slacker, both traits that are typical of the average teen stoner.

But when ABC News asked him recently to say definitively whether he had smoked reefer, Rubio refused to answer.

“Someone came up to me and said, ‘You know, I enjoyed your book, but I want you to know, my son came up to me and said he doesn’t have to get good grades in high school because look at Marco Rubio, he didn’t do well in high school and look how successful he’s been.

“I don’t want my kids to smoke marijuana, and I don’t want other people’s kids to smoke marijuana,” Rubio continued. “The bottom line is that I don’t think people should smoke marijuana.”

OK, that’s fine. For host Ben Shapiro, the bottom line is that we shouldn’t care whether Rubio has ever smoked pot.

The only reason ABC News bothered to ask that question is that it’s salacious, and so they can make Rubio look like a hypocrite for being anti-weed now even though he’s used it in the past.

“We live in a country that thinks the highest form of sin is hypocrisy,” Shapiro said. “That’s what’s wrong with the American public. [Rubio’s] answer should’ve been, ‘Why do you care?’ Who cares? Why don’t you ask me about my policy on marijuana? What I do does not change the standards.”

But, the media, especially media that wants to demonize Rubio, will not let up until Rubio answers, especially if he runs for president. To them, it doesn’t matter that right now, in 2014, Marco Rubio cares deeply about keeping children safe, and preventing them from messing up in high school as he did.

“The whole point here is that the standard does not shift or change based on your prior behavior,” Shapiro said. “Why do we want to know so much about our politicians’ personal lives?”

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