Real estate mogul and presidential hopeful Donald Trump hasn’t been too shy when it comes to bringing down the competition by any means necessary; personal insults and jokes have been traded on the Republican debate stages and in social media for a while now.
According to CNN, Trump sent over a care package to Rubio’s Washington campaign office which included a 24-bottle case of “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water,” two towels and some bumper stickers with Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again,” and a note which read, “”Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water. Enjoy!”
A spokesman for the Trump campaign said that the package was a “lighthearted prank,” and as many have noted, Rubio did bring this situation upon himself. It all started back in 2013 during Rubio’s televised State of the Union rebuttal, as Politico stated, when he made an awkward reach for a tiny water bottle while staring straight into the camera.
The water situation got worse for Rubio when he started hitting the campaign trail and everyone in the media noticed that he was sweating a lot — not just in a few photos, but in all of the photos he was in. During the Republican debate, many viewers seemed quite distracted by Rubio’s profuse sweating — and even Trump made a comment on a CNN “New Day” interview that Rubio “sweats more than any young person I’ve ever seen in my life.”
Granted, there are an estimated eight million Americans who suffer from hyperhidrosis, which is the medical term for excessive sweating, and it can be a pretty embarrassing condition that requires treatment.
But it seems that Rubio has not been derailed by Trump’s mocking, and in fact, many analysts have said that Rubio’s popularity is likely to keep rising.
“He can send us all of the water he wants,” read a statement from Rubio’s campaign. “Who was tired in that debate? Thirty-seven minutes [in], Donald Trump wasn’t just outplayed in terms of substance, he was tired. He’s not in shape for this.”