‘Second Civil War’ the aim of some rioters, Marco Rubio says
Marco Rubio.

America's enemies cheer the riots on, Senator says.

The streets of Jacksonville, Miami, Tampa, Orlando, and Tallahassee palpitate with protest, as do streets throughout the country.

But for U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, the legitimate protest is providing cover for extremists on the left and right (arguably not on the “political spectrum”) to take aim at civil society itself.

Some, the interim chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee said Sunday, even want a “second Civil War.”

“These people are violent, domestic extremists,” Rubio said. “and they range from Antifa groups who are radical to the left to some other groups, radical to the right. In fact, groups that I would argue don’t even belong on the political spectrum as we know it.”

“And their goal, while they are ideologically opposed to each other … they hate the police, they hate the government, and they want this country to fall apart … some of them want a Second Civil War.”

“Foreign adversaries,” Rubio added, are hailing these rioters, which represent a “threat to our security.”

The Senator described how they infiltrate themselves into the legitimate protest actions, usually materializing as the event organically would shut down.

“Something happens at these protests, right around sundown,” Rubio said, referring to “these people … who show up with backpacks and they have batons and incendiary devices.”

“We’ve heard reports of people showing up in trucks … to take things out,” Rubio said. “And that’s when the looting starts, that’s when the violence starts.”

The Senator has expressed concern throughout the weekend about these protests.

Saturday afternoon saw arguably his most pointed statement, a warning that extremists from both sides of the spectrum and even other countries could co-opt the message.

“WE KNOW we have nations who actively exacerbate preexisting divisions in America. WE KNOW we have far-left groups who support violent protest. WE KNOW we have ethnic nationalists who promote race based conflict. And no reason to believe any of them are taking the weekend off,” Rubio warned.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Joey

    May 31, 2020 at 7:52 pm

    Of course you love the system. Making millions of dollars in the back of American people. For doing nothing.

  • Frankie M.

    May 31, 2020 at 9:04 pm

    I believe some of those rioters are plants much like our potus.

    • John

      May 31, 2020 at 9:22 pm

      I agree Frankie. The Mueller Report found evidence of direct Russian involvement in organizing such protest (riots) on both sides of the political spectrum in 2014. There’s no reason it isn’t happening again. Combined with a military grade misinformation campaign via social media and voila, a tinderbox for civil war.

  • Rodney M.

    May 31, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    The mueller report showed a nothing-burger as has been revealed in recent released documents if you listen to the news (not fake news).
    The tinderbox is fueled by the media and left-wing liberals, not to mention a society that has lost all morality.

    • Kellie

      June 1, 2020 at 11:23 am

      I think Trump’s election to an office he was utterly unqualified for was pretty immoral, wouldn’t you agree?

    • John

      June 1, 2020 at 1:21 pm

      Rodney, the Mueller Report is not a “nothing burger”. It’s an independent investigation that details how the Russians started an misinformation campaign to divide Americans through social media. It’s not Fake News. It’s an attack on our nation and it continues to this day.

      The first form of Russian election influence came principally from the Internet Research
      Agency, LLC (IRA), a Russian organization funded by Yevgeniy Viktorovich Prigozhin and
      companies he controlled, including Concord Management and Consulting LLC and Concord

      U.S. audiences with the goal of sowing discord in the U.S. political system.
      conducted by Russian security services aimed at influencing the course of international affairs.
      The IRA and its employees began operations targeting the United States as early as 2014. Using fictitious U.S. personas, IRA employees operated social media accounts and group pages designed to attract U.S. audiences. These groups and accounts, which addressed divisive U.S. political and social issues, falsely claimed to be controlled by U.S. activists. Over time, these social media accounts became a means to reach large U.S. audiences. IRA employees travelled to the United States in mid-2014 on an intelligence-gathering mission to obtain information and photographs for use in their social media posts.
      IRA employees posted derogatory information about a number of candidates in the 2016
      U.S. presidential election. By early to mid-2016, IRA operations included supporting the Trump
      Campaign and disparaging candidate Hillary Clinton. The IRA made various expenditures to carry
      out those activities, including buying political advertisements on social media in the names ofU.S.
      persons and entities. Some IRA employees, posing as U.S. persons and without revealing their
      Russian association, communicated electronically with individuals associated with the Trump
      Campaign and with other political activists to seek to coordinate political activities, including the
      Catering (collectively “Concord”).
      constituted “active measures” (aKTMBHbie Meporrprumu1), a term that typically refers to operations
      The IRA conducted social media operations targeted at large
      staging of political rallies.
      knowingly or intentionally coordinated with the IRA’s interference operation.
      The investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons
      By the end of the 2016 U.S. election, the IRA had the ability to reach millions of U.S. persons through their social media accounts. Multiple IRA-controlled Facebook groups and
      2 The Office is aware of reports that other Russian entities engaged in similar active measw-es operations targeting the United States. Some evidence collected by the Office corroborates those reports, and the Office has shared that evidence with other offices in the Department of Justice and FBI.

      Mueller Report Vol 1, page 14

      • PeterH

        June 1, 2020 at 1:31 pm

        Excellent post! Thanks!

  • Outraged In Pensacola

    June 1, 2020 at 10:54 am

    Its easy to blame extremists but what about the policies that these protesters are angry about? Blame Antifa and extremism and then ignore the injustice, is what Rubio’s solution is.

    Murder after murder of unarmed black people by cops is an epidemic in and of itself, especially considering almost none of the cops involved face any jail time to speak of. That is unspeakable.

    Rubio has not been a leading voice on anything critical to the concerns of black Americans, including felon voting rights here in this state. He’s been too kissing Ttrump’s orange ass, undoubtedly.

    Marco Rubio, go FUCK yourself!

    • BlueHeron

      June 1, 2020 at 10:59 am

      Couldn’t have said it better myself.

    • Bev

      June 2, 2020 at 7:23 pm

      Spot on!

  • Monica Lewinsky's Dress

    June 1, 2020 at 11:08 am

    Marco Rubio is full fledged Trumpian sellout. He has sat on his effeminate butt for years collecting hefty paychecks while being lavished with praise by the press while his accomplishments are severely lacking and in fact, pretty much nonexistent.

    His concern is not for Americans of any color; his political future and another White House run in 2024 are his only motivations.

    But I don’t think being Trump’s lapdog for 4 years is going to look attractive on anyone’s resume in future elections.

    The Trump era gave us heightened racism, a grossly under-managed pandemic response, widespread calamity, corruption, and dysfunction Trump has overseen. And Rubio co-signed the entire mess.

  • Corey M.

    June 1, 2020 at 11:11 am

    “… they hate the police, they hate the government, and they want this country to fall apart … some of them want a Second Civil War.”

    Was Rubio speaking of the rioters, or the current president and his administration? You know, the folks Rubio has been busy mingling with and carrying water for to notice how incompetent and corrupt they are?

    Of course, birds of a feather…

  • Kellie

    June 1, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I hope every felon in every county in Florida registers to vote and then casts a ballot to vote out Rubio, Desantis, Scott, and of course Trump.

    Justice should be a non-negotiable factor in America. We are the United States. We don’t need extremist groups to tell us the difference between right and wrong, and racial injustice is always WRONG.

  • PeterH

    June 1, 2020 at 11:53 am

    Why did the Trump administration label a supremacy group from Russia a terrorist group …. but failed to label America’s finest home grown terrorist white nationalist like the Klan, proud boys, Breitbart, NRA, Stormfront???? and the list goes on!

    These right wing groups primary mission is exactly what we’re seeing on the streets of Trump’s America…..a race war. So Trumpsters just like the anarchist ANTIFA….. you have your own stew of hate.

    Trump’s America! Don’t try to tell me you’re shocked or surprised! This is EXACTLY what Trumpsters voted for. This is EXACTLY what Trump’s racist supporters have been begging for online!

    If you don’t believe me read the comments posted on Fox News articles.

    • Alex

      June 1, 2020 at 8:49 pm

      The NRA is not a “terrorist group”. You don’t have proof.

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