"I've never seen a young guy sweat that much," Donald Trump says of Marco Rubio

By Tierney McAfee
Updated November 03, 2015 02:45 PM
Credit: Jose Luis Magana/AP; Inset:Andrew Burton/Getty

Talk about sweating the small stuff.

Donald Trump has ventured into uncharted insult territory with a series of strange attacks on his fellow GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio – all of them about the Florida senator’s perspiration habits.

Trump told Bloomberg TV on Monday that he hoped debate venues would be better air conditioned in the future, adding, “[Rubio] is the one that sweats the most. He’s the youngest but I have never seen any human being sweat like that.”

Trump, 69, also called Rubio “overrated” several times during the interview and said he believed himself to be better looking than the 44-year-old senator.

“I watched somebody on [MSNBC’s Morning Joe] show this morning and he’s fawning over him,” Trump said. “He says how handsome [Rubio] is. I don’t know, I think I’m better looking than he is. Am I better looking than him?”

It turns out this isn’t the first time Trump has taken a sweat swipe at Rubio – according to a tally by Politico‘s Daniel Lippman, the billionaire businessman has made at least eight similar remarks about his rival in the last seven weeks alone.

During a Sept. 23 speech at the South Carolina African American Chamber of Commerce in Charleston, Trump said of Rubio, “I’ve never seen a young guy sweat that much. He’s drinking water, water, water … I never saw anything like this with him, with the water.” (Rubio famously took a sip of water during his Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address in 2013.)

The next day Trump was at it again, saying on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, “He sweats more than any young person I’ve ever seen in my life I’ve never seen a guy down water like he downs water They bring it in in buckets for this guy.”

And on Oct. 5 the Trump campaign took things to the next level and reportedly sent Rubio a “care package” that included Trump-themed towels, a 24-bottle case of “Trump Ice Natural Spring Water” (with Trump’s face on it) and a note reading, “Since you’re always sweating, we thought you could use some water. Enjoy!”

Rubio later laughed off the prank care package to Fox News, saying, “I drink water. So what? And I only sweat when it’s hot.”

Trump has his own reason to be sweating. A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll on Tuesday shows Ben Carson has increased his lead over the real estate mogul, getting support from 29 percent of GOP primary voters, with Trump trailing at 23 percent.