Speak for yourself, Marco Rubio!
The Florida senator once again found himself in Twitter-roasting territory on Wednesday with his misguided tweet blaming the media for the rise of QAnon-sympathizer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) within the GOP — conveniently ignoring his own history of enabling former President Trump to run wild with false claims of election fraud that eventually led to the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last month.
On Wednesday morning, Rubio griped about the amount of news coverage that Greene has gotten over her conspiracy-ridden remarks that recently resurfaced.
Demonstrating the GOP’s laughable calls for unity after spending months pushing Trump’s election fraud falsehoods in the lead-up to the Capitol riot, Rubio tried to save face by calling on the media to not amplify conspiracy theorists.
Reporting that a politician believes in/flirts with conspiracy theories is legit, but the attention they get should be proportional to their ability to influence actual public policy
Don’t make them famous, help them raise money or elevate conspiracy theories
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) February 3, 2021
Rubio posted his tweet a day after the conspiracy theorist GOP lawmaker met with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), who finally caved to growing pressure for GOP leadership to take action for Greene’s troubling actions that have spurred calls for her to be expelled from Congress and revoked from her committee assignments.
Despite Rubio disabling replies to his tone-deaf take on Twitter, users wasted no time in dunking Rubio yet again for his misguided take on the Greene controversy:
I knew it would be our fault, I just wasn’t sure how it could get twisted that way. Well done. ??? https://t.co/J5w2tdw4Oy
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) February 3, 2021
He thinks he is telling the media this but he should be really be telling his own party https://t.co/HYv9atnEXL
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) February 3, 2021
You enable them by not immediately denouncing them.
Then you play the victim saying that you get generalized with white supremacists and Q anon people because you’re Republican.
You know why that happens?
Because you don’t denounce those things until weeks after- if ever. https://t.co/ajVLHgALmq
— David Hogg (He / Him) (@davidhogg111) February 3, 2021
News coverage is in proportion to damage done, not electoral votes. If you don't want her to be famous, your party full of invertebrates could decide to expell her, but instead you sit here tweeting and enabling her. https://t.co/XIKXKdNOoA
— Elizabeth Spiers (@espiers) February 3, 2021
What he means is: pay more attention to his lapdog-like devotion to conspiracy theorist Donald Trump and less to his chickenshit unwillingness to say conspiracy theorist @mtgreenee’s name or call for her expulsion. https://t.co/FDKinw38uI
— Brian Beutler (@brianbeutler) February 3, 2021
Marco, she literally said she believes 9/11 was an inside job, that the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were staged, and that Jewish people are using space lasers to start forest fires.
Your framing here is so incredibly weak and cowardly. https://t.co/tXCkVIxqfG
— Charlotte Clymer ?️? (@cmclymer) February 3, 2021
You mean Trump? https://t.co/f6EeYThhEf
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) February 3, 2021
Her name is Marjorie Taylor Greene, she is in your party, you support her, and you’re a coward to close your comments.
Fuck you. Stick with Bible verses while your state’s rona cases rise. https://t.co/yQrlZvWONa
— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 3, 2021
Didn’t you help Donald Trump? He pushed the racist birther conspiracy theory—and other dangerous nuttery (such as the election was stolen). https://t.co/ydUUDcbpd3
— David Corn (@DavidCornDC) February 3, 2021
Is @marcorubio tired of getting ratioed? He’s limiting replies to this tweet. It’s the first time he’s done that/I’ve noticed. It’s not as if @mtgreenee is guaranteed to see it because he doesn’t @ her https://t.co/8wwODW6its
— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) February 3, 2021