The Craziest Personal Slams in Trump-Rubio Fight

Pants-wetting, sweating are fair game
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 27, 2016 6:38 AM CST

(Newser) – Thing are getting downright personal in the GOP race. A sampling of some of Friday's remarkable back and forth and between Marco Rubio and the new team of Trump-Christie, via the New York Times, the Hill, the Los Angeles Times and Mother Jones:

  • Trump: "It's Rubio!" he said while holding up a water bottle, dumping some on stage, and pretending to guzzle from the bottle, all to mock Rubio's penchant for getting thirsty in the spotlight. Here's the video.
  • Rubio: “He was having a meltdown,” he said of Trump during commercial breaks of Thursday's debate. “He was applying makeup around his mustache, because he had one of those sweat mustaches.”
  • Trump: “You had to see him backstage. He was putting on makeup with a trowel. I don’t wanna say that. I will not say that he was trying to cover up his ears. I will not say that. He was just trying to cover up—he was just trying to cover up the sweat that pours … Did you ever see a guy sweat like this?”
  • Rubio: In explaining why Trump had a full-length mirror backstage: “Maybe to make sure his pants weren’t wet. I don’t know."

  • Trump: “I honestly thought he was going to die. ... He was so scared, like a little frightened puppy, and he kept saying the Obama phrase over and over," referring to Rubio's reaction of Christie's criticism during an earlier debate.
  • Rubio: "A tough guy? This guy inherited $200 million, he’s never faced any struggle."
  • Christie: "Part of his talking points now is to be entertaining and smile a lot now,” he said of Rubio. “Listen, it’s one act after another.”
  • Rubio: He mocked Trump for misspelling "choker" as "chocker" in an anti-Rubio tweet. One problem? Rubio said this: "He spelled choker C-H-O-K-E-R. Chocker," accidentally spelling it correctly.
  • Peanut gallery: “I think Emily Post would be totally just turning in her grave right now,” a 52-year-old woman at a Rubio rally in Oklahoma City tells the New York Times. “Anyone can say anything."
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