Marco Rubio Really Admires Dead Racist Jesse Helms

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Asked to name a senator he'd like to pattern his own career after, Marco Rubio told the National Review that he really admires Jesse Helms. Yes, Helms, the late North Carolina Republican senator with notorious and well-documented racist and homophobic views. He once called the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964  "the single most dangerous piece of legislation ever introduced in the Congress." But Rubio admires only his foreign policy views. Oh, brother. What's next? He'll say he really admires the economic policies of pro-segregationist Strom Thurmond? 

Helms once held a 16-day filibuster to try to block the establishment of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a federal holiday. He's the guy who ran one of the ugliest racially charged campaign ads in American history while seeking re-election in 1990. The ad implied that African-Americans would take white people's jobs. He repeatedly tried to block black judges from being confirmed. And he tried to block laws that expanded African-Americans' rights to vote. 

Oh, and let's not even get started on his views about homosexuality. He dissaproved strongly of any federal funding to fight HIV because he thought the virus was punishment for homosexual behavior. When Ryan White, a boy who contracted HIV through a blood transfusion, visited the Senate, Helms refused to acknowledge him even as the two shared an elevator. 

Helms, however, was known for his strong anti-Castro beliefs, which is maybe why Rubio holds him in such high regard. 

Sen. Marco Rubio sailed into office on the tea-party wave, wagging his finger at the Obama administration's fiscal mischief. But in the Senate, foreign policy has become his passion.

Rubio, in an interview with National Review Online, says that the late senator Jesse Helms, the firebrand conservative from North Carolina, is his model.

"Politicians are not heroes," Rubio says. "But if you look at Jesse Helms, he had a tremendous amount of influence in this place."

Rubio respects how Helms fought hard as chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, punching back at the princes of liberalism. Over five terms, he notes, Helms became a leading hawk.
Helms's racist views influenced his foreign policy as well. He chaired the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, a committee on which Rubio now sits. Helms supported apartheid in South Africa. He was also notorious for his avid support of numerous right-wing dictators throughout South and Central America, including Chile's Augusto Pinochet.

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Ted Cruz isn't the only Hispanic immigrant GOPeeTeapublican who idolizes the late racist Senator Jesse Helms.
I wonder if Jesse is laughing at them from Hell.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

the same Marco Rubio? That Talks Big but Fails to Deliver?

Before the March 2000 session, Rubio was hardly the scorching conservative who would later woo Tea Partiers nationwide. He said he'd focus on supporting early education and community policing. And he wasn't particularly passionate about cutting spending. In his first three years, he supported adding a $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund a Marlins stadium and a $1.2 million earmark to build new bike paths in his district

spent thousands with GOP credit card

Records show Rubio sent payments to American Express totaling $13,900 for his personal expenses during his tenure as House speaker. But those payments were not made monthly. He made no contributions to the bill during a six-month stretch in 2007, records show.

Charges covered by the party as political expenses include:

• $765 at Apple’s online store for “computer supplies.”

• $25.76 from Everglades Lumber for “supplies.”

• $53.49 at Winn-Dixie in Miami for “food.”

• $68.33 at Happy Wine in Miami for “beverages” and “meal.”

• $78.10 for two purchases at Farm Stores in suburban Miami.

• $412 at All Fusion Electronics, a music equipment store in Miami, for “supplies.”

One committee paid relatives nearly $14,000 for what was incorrectly described to the IRS as "courier fees" and listed a nonexistent address for one of them. Another committee paid $5,700 to his wife, who was listed as the treasurer, much of it for "gas and meals."

Rubio's spending continued in 2005 when the Republican Party of Florida handed him a credit card to use at his own discretion. While serving as House speaker in 2007 and 2008, he charged thousands of dollars in restaurant tabs to the state party at the same time taxpayers were subsidizing his meals in Tallahassee.

Rubio's wife, former Miami Dolphins cheerleader Jeanette Dousdebes, served as the committee's treasurer. In reports filed with the state, Rubio and his wife failed to disclose more than $34,000 in expenses over an 18-month period.

Marco Rubio was facing foreclosure on a Tallahassee house after missing five months of mortgage payments, according to a lawsuit filed in Leon County Circuit Court.

Will the Birthers Scrutinize Marco Rubio's U.S. Citizenship?

if the Republican care about the Hispanic they will remove wet foot, dry foot" policy, in terms of allowing Cuban refugees that racist

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

This doesn't surprise me at all. Marco Rubio (and a lot of Cubans) is in fact a racist, and worst of all, he is in the senate. Had this moron been alive during slavery he would have probably voted against the Emancipation Proclamation. Good grief what an idiot.


Wonderful we have a racist for a Senator, not surprising from someone who tried to pay his personal expenses on his GOP credit card! Very silent from everyone on the right, who are so quick to tear down the opposite side. Must be a double standard and where is Faux News on this? Silent!


Hardliners like Rubio would admire Charles Manson if he said he hated Castro.


A Cuban who admires a racist right wing republican? Stop the presses!

Sadly, this is not shocking. Most fair skinned Cubans I know are inherently racist. "My family bloodline is from Spain!!!"


That means nothing. The Moors invaded Spain and were there a really long time so it depends what region of Spain they came from.

Matthew Earl
Matthew Earl

Hey you fool, that is not the point being made here. The point being made is most "white" Cubans are indeed hardcore racists. I have met many of them as a matter of fact. They go about claiming this "superiority complex" bullshit ideology. These people are no different from your average racist white supremacist.

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