At a summit yesterday, Donald Trump discovered a big difference between Marco Rubio and some of the other people he has bad-mouthed: A lot of conservatives like him. The crowd at the Family Research Council's Values Voters Summit booed after Trump called the senator as a "clown," although Trump, who went on to describe Rubio as "weak on immigration," later claimed the boos were actually cheers, NBC reports. Trump's comments followed a week of back-and-forth between the pair, with Rubio calling Trump "very touchy and insecure guy" and Trump describing his 44-year-old rival as an "overly ambitious," excessively sweaty, "kid" who "shouldn't be running in this race," reports CNN.
After the summit comment, Rubio retorted that Trump "had a tough week" and a "really bad debate," reports the New York Times, which notes that Trump has attacked Rubio's bank balance and even his hair. But Rubio is rising in the polls and unlike Jeb Bush, the target of many Trump attacks over the summer, it looks like the senator has a good instinct for Internet-driven political culture, and "knows how to get under the reality TV master's skin," writes Greg Sargent at the Washington Post. The Times notes that when a reporter asked Trump about John Boehner's resignation yesterday, he didn't have much to say, but when asked about Rubio, he criticized his absenteeism record in the Senate and called him a "baby." (Trump was also booed by a crowd waiting for Pope Francis.)