Marco Rubio says Donald Trump bears ‘some responsibility’ for supporters’ siege of Capitol
Marco Rubio. Image via AP.

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The Senator slammed a 'rogue's gallery' of extremist groups.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio said Sunday that President Donald Trump and his courting of extremist elements were at least somewhat to blame for the siege of the Capitol last week.

The Senator, appearing in the Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” asserted that “the President does bear some responsibility” for the unprecedented mob violence that attempted to derail the certification of the Presidential election, saying it was the fault of outlier groups courted by the President.

Rubio told host Maria Bartiromo that Trump “indulged groups” that were not, as it turns out “part of the conservative movement,” but instead, apparently, were “wackos” and “nutjobs.”

“I can’t give you an assessment of every single person that went in there. But it’s clear now by the arrests that are being made what groups are saying online: that Qanon people are involved, this ridiculous conspiracy. Then you’ve got White supremacists in there. You’ve got the Proud Boys. It’s a rogue’s gallery of groups who thought they were going to storm the Capitol,” Rubio said.

“They thought they were going to apprehend the Vice President and Congress and have them pay the ultimate price, as they called it. String them up, they would say. I’ve had protests here in Florida calling for me to be strung up and others.”

“Nobody should be willing to do anything like what we saw Wednesday on behalf of another human being. Period. End of story,” Rubio said.

“I don’t care how much you agree with him,” Rubio said. “We’re seeing these disturbing quotes in the newspaper from people saying ‘I’m willing to die for Donald Trump.’ That just shouldn’t exist. That’s not normal. And that’s not good.”

“I don’t want to keep stoking that fire, but the President does bear some responsibility here, and that needs to be looked at,” Rubio said.

“We have for too long indulged some of these groups as part of the conservative movement. These are not conservatives. These are wackos. These are nutjobs.”

While “99%” of the people at the rally did not “storm the Capitol,” Rubio noted that an “element,” though “very small,” had “enough people to create a tremendous amount of damage and put a lot of people in danger.”

“We should be rejecting that group not after the fact, but before,” the Senator added. Conservatives, meanwhile, should “watch what we say and who we allow into the movement.”

“These are the people who can do terrible things” if they contend they were incited, Rubio said.

“It doesn’t matter what you meant, it matters what they thought you meant.”

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]


4 comments

  • Tom

    January 10, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    Oh Marco, you’re right, Trump does bear some responsibility for what happened at the Capitol. And you, Marco, bear some responsibility for Trump by nursing him at your tit whenever he came to you with a boo-boo these last four years. Finally trying to wean him, get him out of your house? Good luck with that.

  • Sonja Fitch

    January 10, 2021 at 2:07 pm

    Duh who is the biggest SEE ME bs Senator ? Rubio or Nazi Rick! Both of you are failures! Both of you cuddled with the goptrump death cult leader Trump! Betcha both will keep on cuddling with him down in south Florida!

  • Frankie M.

    January 10, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Are you talking about the basket of deplorables Marco?

  • Todd Berardelli

    January 12, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    I completely agree with Senator Rubio’s comments. They have a nuance that few have had after the debacle. Some sexless woman from the NY Times’ editorial board who appeared on “This Week with a Short Greek Liberal Dude” said without reservation that President Trump incited violence. That is not true. Did Bernie Sanders incite violence with his inflammatory rhetoric? One of his supporters shot Steve Scalise. It is wise not to use overheated language, but one is not responsible for the actions of another when those actions exceed what could have reasonably been expected. I do hope that EVERYONE better realizes now that words can have consequences-and sometimes those consequences go beyond what had been foreseen.

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