Rubio, who ran against Trump in the Republican primary, said he realized the dangerous precedent Trump is setting by allowing unprecedented foreign intervention in U.S. politics.
In an interview today with ABCNews, Rubio urged Republicans to refrain from citing Wikileaks emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign chair John Podesta.
“I will not discuss any issue that has become public solely on the basis of Wikileaks,” he said.
“As our intelligence agencies have said, these leaks are an effort by a foreign government to interfere with our electoral process and I will not indulge it,” he added.
The Clinton campaign has taken a similar position. “[Julian] Assange is colluding with Russian government to help Trump,” Tweeted Brian Fallon, a Clinton spokesman, calling Trump Russia’s “pet candidate.”
In contrast, Trump has chastised the media for allegedly “ignoring” the stolen emails in an effort to protect Clinton.
He brought up the issue again during a campaign rally in Colorado. “I’ve been under attack constantly, instead of covering Wikileaks and all of those things,” he said about the media.
In fact, the media has covered them extensively.
Rubio, however, sees the danger. “Today it is the Democrats. Tomorrow it could be us,” he said.
The Florida senator, who is in a tough re-election battle, said Trump is setting a dangerous precedent that could encourage other foreign governments to launch cyber attacks on government leaders in an attempt to blackmail them with embarrassing information.
“Do we really want to be a country where foreign governments and foreign leaders can blackmail our leaders,” he said.