Leave it to Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) to get himself roasted once again for misguided tweets parroting President Trump’s poor attempts to paint himself as a populist.
On Sunday, Rubio used Dr. Anthony Fauci — White House coronavirus task force member whose grave warnings on COVID-19 starkly contrasted those of the President throughout much of this year — to further propel his newfound war against the “elite.”
Rubio criticized Fauci’s early mistakes on mask guidance when COVID first hit the U.S. and accused Fauci of “distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity.” That level of apparent distrust aimed at Fauci of course did not prevent Rubio from eagerly getting a COVID-19 vaccine alongside a handful of members of Congress earlier this month. The Florida senator, who’s a law school graduate and who served on the faculty of Florida International University, also insinuated that Fauci is part of an “elite bubble.”
Dr. Fauci lied about masks in March
Dr. Fauci has been distorting the level of vaccination needed for herd immunity
It isn’t just him
Many in elite bubbles believe the American public doesn’t know “what’s good for them” so they need to be tricked into “doing the right thing”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 27, 2020
Rubio’s recent adoption of Trumpian language via Twitter could be a sign of how establishment Republicans like Rubio will try to maintain Trump’s populist messaging in Trump’s absence while stonewalling and criticizing the incoming Biden administration come January. In Rubio’s case specifically, the shift in tone has backfired substantially on Twitter given his background as a lawyer and a lifelong conservative politician. (Also, if you remember, Trump mocked the Florida senator as “little Marco” during the 2016 presidential campaign trail).
Earlier this month, Rubio was swiftly dunked on for joining the pile of conservatives clutching their pearls after Jen O’Malley Dillon, who will serve as President-elect Joe Biden’s White House deputy chief of staff, slammed Republicans by using a swear word. Alongside his fellow conservatives, Rubio conveniently ignored Trump’s expansive history of issuing derogatory comments toward people and groups who stand at odds with him.
Last month, Rubio was roasted for his ignorance of the fact that Trump and several of his cabinet members attended Ivy League schools when he tried to paint President-elect Joe Biden as an elitist over his Cabinet picks.
The latest episode of Rubio embracing Trump’s ironic anti-elitist crusade didn’t go smoothly either. Twitter users swiftly put the Florida senator in his place.
the kind of tweet that could get a person hired as communications director for Ron DeSantis https://t.co/S9ep8GpGlG
— John Harwood (@JohnJHarwood) December 28, 2020
I think i speak for most Americans when i plead with you to stop sending stupid tweets like this. You're not helping. Stick to the Bible verses that your staff researches for you. https://t.co/coNuNVILAy
— Joe Lockhart (@joelockhart) December 28, 2020
Um, ok but like what’s your platform when Trump is gone? Is it still “crazy conspiracy” or do you try to reclaim an actual set of beliefs bc…my memory is long. https://t.co/1oMtkbBPlM
— S.E. Cupp (@secupp) December 28, 2020
Tell me which "elite bubble" that might be? The one where scientists worked tirelessly to create&ensure safety of vaccines in record time? Where healthcare workers went without PPE? Where 300k+ Americans died?
Or: the bubble where you went to the front of the line for a vaccine? https://t.co/rpRdM4RmYK
— Megan Ranney MD MPH 🗽 (@meganranney) December 28, 2020
Only people in suits who spend all their time in gilded offices or jetsetting — and whose sole aim in life is the desperate pursuit of power — would tweet this nonsense, intended to divide, definitely not intended to heal. https://t.co/KYEUZiT2ub
— Vin Gupta “😷!” MD (@VinGuptaMD) December 27, 2020
This will come in handy when former Senator Rubio is old & still trying to pretend he wasn't wrong abt everything in his entire "at least I'm not as bad as them" career. https://t.co/dAsRIzPoDt
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) December 27, 2020
You got the vaccine. You’re nonessential. You jumped to the front of the line cause you’re a punk. Punk ass. “Elite”? F-%k you. https://t.co/8Fyqq5Xnus
— Matthew Modine (@MatthewModine) December 28, 2020
Do we really have to play the video from 2016? And where in the Bible does it say, “Thou shall have no shame”? https://t.co/ENc2oEBkAo
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) December 27, 2020