Florida Senator Marco Rubio was once seen as the future of the Republican Party. But that was before he face Donald Trump and was tagged with the demeaning nickname, “Little Marco.”

Fast forward to 2019 and now Rubio has undergone a political transformation. He’s now a big Trump supporter, and his weak response to the president’s racist tweets has his hometown paper fuming.

Rubio acknowledged, “The tweet was wrong & the chant last night grotesque,” but seemed to place more blame on “left wing politicians & many in the media demanding outrage.”

This didn’t go unnoticed by Rubio’s hometown paper. The Miami Herald’s editorial board wrote an op-ed titled, “As Trump’s reliable sycophant, Rubio drags us further into the president’s swamp.” Here are a couple excerpts:

Rubio, in particular, should know the dangers of this moment and the path down which Trump is taking his followers, his party and the nation. He should have a deeper understanding of America’s tortured racial history and comprehensive knowledge of the animosity once faced by Cuban immigrants like his parents. He can do better. 

Rubio, far from the Republicans’ savior, seems just another slick politician with his finger in the wind — pushing the party deeper into Trump’s swamp.

Washington Post columnist Max Boot, who briefly worked on Rubio’s 2015-16 campaign for president, recently wrote, “Marco Rubio’s humiliating transformation into a Trump fan-boy is complete” saying:

Rubio has decided that Trump is the future of the Republican Party. He’s probably right. That’s why I’m not a Republican anymore — and why I couldn’t imagine supporting Rubio for any office ever again. I’m sorry I supported him in 2016.

And a prominent Miami Republican had this to say: