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Please Marco Rubio, dump Donald Trump

Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., right, speaks with Republican presidential candidate, businessman Donald Trump during the CBS News Republican presidential debate at the Peace Center, Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, in Greenville, S.C. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Sen. Rubio,

I’ve supported you since 2010, when the GOP was backing Charlie Crist and people said you didn’t have a chance. Voting for you that year was a honor and was the first time I ever punched the ticket for someone I believed in my heart would stay true to his word.

I have stood on street corners with your signs and phone banked for you, once even driving an hour each way to the closest facility with my two young children in tow. I have brought my sons with me to your rallies, sometimes making them wait hours for you, knowing it was worth it for them to see what an honorable politician looked like.

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I have written about you professionally for SheKnows, singing your praises to liberal ears, hoping just one mind would see your shining vision of conservatism and convert. I’ve talked to virtually every person I know about you, about your character, about your message. I’ve Tweeted and Facebooked about you. I’ve sent out emails to friends.  And I was happy to do it all.

You were my very first choice this election season, my main guy, the candidate I prayed would lead our country into a New American Century. I still proudly wear my Marco for President shirt. My minivan still rocks a pitiful, faded “Marco 2016” sticker. On days when this election has me really down (and there are a lot of them), I watch your 2011 speech from the Reagan library to remind me of what conservatism should be. I wish I could vote for you this year; I wish so damn bad that you were still an option for the GOP.  But you aren’t.

The man whose name will be next to the “R” is literally trying to destroy the party from within. He goes far beyond simply being a world-class tool: he brags about sexual assault, he mocks the disabled (then lies about it), he insults our veterans. He is a terrible representative of the Republican brand.

I worry about what his elevated presence in this election is teaching our kids. I worry about what his influence on this election will mean for our military, especially with my Army husband deploying again this fall. But more than all of that, I worry about how his candidacy will shape our country in the future.

The GOP is broken. We are witnessing real-time the implosion of a major political party. Something must rise from it’s ashes, and the framework for that something needs to begin now. Whatever the “New GOP” becomes, it will need strong conservative leadership. It will need messengers able to reach the masses and convey that he wasn’t us and that we were never him. In short sir, it will need you. And to have you ready for us then, we need you to take a stand now.

Sen. Rubio, I am begging you to renounce your (albeit tepid) support of Donald Trump. I know it’s a scary request so close to November 8th, but it must be done. For you to have any chance of a position in the new party of conservatism we need this from you now. We need to know you had the political will to do what is right, even if it is hard.

Our country is at a political crossroads and many of us are frightened of what the future may hold. Please sir, step into the shoes of your leadership position and show America the moral backbone we know you to have.

Respectfully,

Rebecca Bahret
mom, wife, and proud member of Team #NeverTrump