Summary of “CNN’s Town Hall on Guns and the Unmaking of Marco Rubio”

While Guttenberg stood waiting, blinking back at him, Rubio responded that the problem “Cannot be solved by gun laws alone,” which is the kind of dodge that he and his colleagues routinely make in Washington.
This time, Rubio was encircled and out of his usual environment.
Eventually, Rubio responded that he would support laws raising the minimum age for buying a rifle and banning bump stocks, and said that he was open to discussing limiting large-capacity magazines.
A few minutes later, a seventeen-year-old junior named Cameron Kasky, one of the founders of the #NeverAgain movement, which is pushing for gun-control reforms, approached Rubio and the other two politicians on the stage, Congressman Ted Deutch and Senator Bill Nelson, both Democrats.
He asked Rubio, “Would you refuse to accept donations from the National Rifle Association in the future?”.
Rubio, hesitating, settled, eventually, on the idea that he would continue to accept N.R.A. funds because, he said, “People buy into my agenda, and I do support the Second Amendment.” The crowd booed.
Under stress, Rubio tends to repeat himself, and he cycled through his talking point-“People buy into my agenda”-in a way that was reminiscent of his downfall in the 2016 Presidential race, when Chris Christie mocked him and his repetitive platitudes onstage, effectively ending Rubio’s campaign.
As a moment in American politics, the pummelling of Rubio felt like an expression of collective rage at the falseness of so much that happens in Washington: the pivot, the dodge, the pallid follow-up question.

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