The PJ Tatler

Rubio: Speaking Spanish Important to Spread GOP Message

During last night’s Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump was asked about his comments that Jeb Bush “should really set an example by speaking English in the United States.”

Trump replied that he “did it a little bit half-heartedly, but I do mean it to a large extent.”

“We have a country, where, to assimilate, you have to speak English,” he added. “And I think that where he was, and the way it came out didn’t sound right to me.”

Bush said if someone asks him a question in Spanish, “I’m going to show respect and answer that question in Spanish. Even though they do speak English, and even though they embrace American values.”

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) jumped in and said his immigrant grandfather taught him of his love for America “because it was the language he was most comfortable in.”

“And he became a conservative, even though he got his news in Spanish,” Rubio said. “And so, I do give interviews in Spanish, and here’s why — because I believe that free enterprise and limited government is the best way to help people who are trying to achieve upward mobility.”

“And if they get their news in Spanish, I want them to hear that directly from me. Not from a translator at Univision.”

Above is one of those Univision interviews — Rubio tangling with Jorge Ramos over immigration three years ago.