Last night, Marco Rubio was the main course at CNN’s hate-fest celebrating the new life breathed into the anti-Second Amendment movement by the rampage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, that left 17 students and staff dead.

The format consisted of three Democrats–Representative Ted Deutch, Senator Bill Nelson and Broward County Sheriff and Clinton Campaign official Scott Israel mouthing anti-gun platitudes while Senator Marco Rubio and National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch were decked out as pinatas.

This is an example. The speaker here is a Douglas High School student named Cameron Kasky. What is significant about Kasky is that his parents never thought it necessary to teach this kid about civility or the importance of manners or showing a bit of respect to people who’ve actually accomplished something with their life:

I’m sorry, I know I’m not supposed to do this, but I’m not going to listen to that. Senator Rubio, it’s hard to look at you and not look down the barrel on an AR-15 and not look at Nikolas Cruz, but the point is: You’re here and there are some people who are not,” Kasky spat.

After Rubio answered his question, Kasky began to browbeat him for the money the NRA donated to his campaign, basically insinuating he was being bribed. “And this is about people who are for making a difference to save us and people who are against it and prefer money. So Senator Rubio, can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA in the future,” he demanded as the crowd went crazy.

“And I do support any law that would keep guns out of the hands of a deranged killer, and that’s why I support the things I have stood for and fought for–” Rubio responded before Kasky interrupted him:

KASKY: No more NRA money? More NRA money?

RUBIO: That — that is the wrong way to look — first of all, the answer is, people buy into my agenda —

KASKY: You can say “No.”

As the ridiculousness and the crowd noise grew to outrageous proportions, that was when Tapper finally stepped in. “Cameron is having a conversation with Senator Rubio. Let’s let them talk,” he requested. Basically, Tapper wouldn’t stop the radical leftist smears against Rubio but he would quiet the crowd to hear more of them.

So right now in the name of 17 people, you cannot ask the NRA to keep their money out of your campaign,” Kasky picked up. Between the crowd noise and Kasky’s persistent attacks, Rubio wasn’t able to respond. “Matter of fact, I bet we can get people in here to give you exactly as much money as the NRA would have,” the student interrupted and asked the crowd. “Can you stand up if you’d donate to that real quick? Okay, not a lot, but we’ll get it. I’ll do it. We’ve raised quite a bit of money so far.

Tapper continued to sit back as Kasky continued his mudslinging:

KASKY: I’ll ask again. Are you accepting money from the NRA in the future?

RUBIO: I will always accept the help of anyone who agrees with my agenda. But my agenda is also –

KASKY: Your agenda is protecting us, right?

(…)

KASKY: So I knew that was going to happen. NRA, please just keep the money out of Rubio. If he wants to run again, you can –

At the end of the segment, Tapper praised Kasky: “Thank you, Cameron. Appreciate it.

As someone who used to be affiliated with RedState notes, this kind of thing is what happens when you reach a point of cultural decadence where every opinion is considered the equal of every other opinion. In fact, it was foreseen by James Madison a couple of hundred years ago:

“[D]emocracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security or the rights of property; and have in general been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths. Theoretic politicians, who have patronized this species of government, have erroneously supposed that by reducing mankind to a perfect equality in their political rights, they would, at the same time, be perfectly equalized and assimilated in their possessions, their opinions, and their passions.”

— From Federalist No.10, James Madison, 23 November 1787.

Rubio held his own and acquitted himself well in the face of this attempted school-lunch-room-style bullying by this twerp.

In the end, it is going to become obvious who won this encounter.

No thanks, Cameron. I don’t need some 17-year-old putz to defend my kids. In fact, either of my daughters, particularly the 13-year-old, can kick your ass. And when it comes to choosing sides, I’m on the other.