‘Sick’: Marco Rubio blasts Chuck Schumer, Nancy Pelosi for putting politics over virus aid
Marco Rubio. Image via AP.

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The feds aren't going to help, Senator warns.

When it comes to another relief package before November, one U.S. Senator from Florida says Republicans and Democrats are too far apart, largely because of what he called a “sick” political ploy from the Democrats.

Sen. Marco Rubio said that Democratic leadership would rather let people suffer in the short term in the hopes of taking full control of the federal government after the November elections.

“Congress isn’t going to pass more COVID-19 relief before the election,” Rubio tweeted Thursday morning.

“And the biggest reason why is [House] Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi & Senator [Chuck] Schumer believe Trump & the GOP will be blamed for the pain doing nothing will cause & that will help them win the White House & Senate in November.”

Republicans currently have a skinny relief bill that excludes a second round of stimulus payments, but all indications are that is a non-starter with Democrats.

In a video accompanying the tweet, Rubio said he was trying to “tell people the truth about the challenges before us, no matter how hard it is to live with that truth.”

The “difficult truth,” said Rubio, is that a bill would not be passed, despite the fact that “most everyone knows how bad it’s going to get over the next two months without more aid.”

Rubio notes that some in his own party are averse to deals on the table, because they “oppose spending a lot more borrowed money.”

But the calculus from House and Senate Democratic leadership is that “doing nothing will make things really bad for the next few weeks, and then Trump and the Republicans will get blamed, and this will help them win the Senate and the White House in November.”

“Why should they compromise with the Republicans on a bill now … when if they wait just a few months they will control government,” Rubio asked rhetorically, synthesizing his take on why Schumer and Pelosi are stalling the process.

“This kind of political ploy is sick,” he added.

Rubio had expressed similar pessimism in comments before Labor Day, contending then as he does now that while “rank and file” Democrats might be willing to pass compromise legislation, leadership is dug in.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at [email protected]


  • James Rovira

    September 10, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Here’s the key to understanding GOP rhetoric: if they’re accusing their opponents of something, that’s what they are doing.

    These liars and hypocrites actually expect us to believe they are interested in the health and well-being of Americans when they ordered American children back to school during a deadly pandemic without a vaccine.

    And when they support a President who spent months denying the seriousness of the pandemic, and didn’t even back wearing masks until July.

    Please. Rubio is a liar and a hypocrite, and Florida Politics should be working to hold the GOP officeholders in FL and DC responsible for their choices.


    September 10, 2020 at 10:59 am

    Little Marco, what do you have to say about the failed and fake president confessing on tape to lying
    to America and causing 200K deaths, while all the time decimating the economy?

    Instead of deflecting, grow a pair and do your job.

  • John

    September 10, 2020 at 11:01 am

    I generally find that republicans will accuse Democrats of doing what in fact the republicans are doing. Marco as if republicans would want to pass any relief for hard working citizens! Trump and republicans have been told the economy is starting to tank and they want to leave the biggest hole they can make for the incoming administration.

  • Tjb

    September 10, 2020 at 11:55 am

    Trump has killed tens of thousands American with his Covid 19 response for his political gain.

  • Frankie M.

    September 10, 2020 at 11:58 am

    Let’s talk about what constitutes “sick”

    1) Trump’s comments about our veterans and active duty troops including military leadership

    2) Trump’s denial of the devastating impact of covid 19 (despite knowing and admitting the truth ON TAPE) so as not to incite “panic”

    3) GOP’s focus Nancy’s haircut while Trump singlehandedly tries to destroy this country with his racist dog whistling

    Funny how Marco didn’t mention any of this in his faux outrage

  • Sonja Fitch

    September 10, 2020 at 3:14 pm

    STF up Marco! Your cult leader lied! Not to ease panic! But to distract and place Americans in danger! Nazi scum both of you! Vote Blue!

  • James Robert Miles

    September 10, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    Marco has ZERO credibility period. As a Senator, he doesn’t even know what representative government is all about. He does NOT respond to constituents that he is supposed to represent unless they agree with him. He collects his salary, does nothing to earn it and runs for President. That’s it. He desperately needs a lesson in representative government because he obviously doesn’t have a clue!

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