‘They’re trying to punish Florida’: Marco Rubio says ‘jealousy’ is behind talk of a travel ban
Marco Rubio. Image via AP.

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Is Florida doing too well for the White House?

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio appeared on Fox News Thursday night, charging that talk in the Joe Biden White House of a domestic travel ban on Florida is driven by “jealousy” and a zest for “punishment” of the Sunshine State.

The Senator told host Tucker Carlson that there needed to be legislation curbing the Executive Branch from travel restrictions he deemed “clearly unconstitutional.”

Discussion of potential travel restrictions on the Sunshine State, first reported by the Miami Herald, were being considered as a result of B.1.1.7 and other variants surging in the state. The Biden Administration has denied that plans for such action are imminent, but the talk is enough for Biden-wary Republicans.

Rubio noted Biden’s opposition to the Trump-China travel ban, but quipped that the new President “wants to impose them on American citizens.”

“Tonight if you arrive at the U.S. Southern Border with a child, you will be allowed entry to the country,” Rubio said. “But if you’re an American citizen living in Florida who wants to travel, they will put some kind of restriction in your way. It’s clearly unconstitutional. We should pass a law here making clear that this is not in the power of an administration to do.”

Rubio suggests the Biden administration is “trying to punish Florida.”

“Florida’s embarrassed California. Florida’s embarrassed New York. It hosted a Super Bowl with actual people in the stands,” Rubio said. “I honestly think there’s an element of it that involves punishment, I really do.”

The Senator, as is the case with many Florida Republicans, has leaped to express condemnation of the Biden administration travel ban trial balloon. He publicized a letter to the White House earlier this week memorializing his dismay.

“Instituting a travel ban, or any restriction of movement between the states, would be an outrageous, authoritarian move that has no basis in law or science. Instead, it would only serve to inflict severe and devastating economic pain on an already damaged economy,” Rubio wrote Biden Wednesday.

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


  • Lisa Lloyd

    February 11, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I believe DeSantis, himself, earlier put restrictions on travel from certain states (NY, for one.) BTW, Tucker is not Fox “news.” According to Fox’s own lawyers, and a US District judge we are not expected to literally belive the words that come out of his mouth, he is not ‘stating actual facts’ about the topics he discusses. This was in the court case filed by Karen McDougal. In other words, a great place for Rubio to spout nonsense, which he did. Does.

  • Sonja Fitch

    February 12, 2021 at 4:43 am

    If Duffus Desantis only speaks to Fox News then Duffus Desantis lies!

  • Frankie M.

    February 12, 2021 at 8:42 am

    They hate us because of our freedoms! Where have I heard that before?

  • Tjb

    February 12, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Looks like Rubio’s Covid 19 vaccination has destroyed his brain function. Why is he so paranoid in his thoughts that Biden is trying to punish Florida? Rubio will never be associated with “Profile in Courage” .

  • Kelly In Neptune

    February 12, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    I second Lisa Lloyd’s comment at the top of the thread: Rubio was completely fine when Desantis was preventing New Yorkers from coming to Florida, in turn creating massive Soviet-style checkpoints at the state line.

    Of course, that was before Desantis-with Rubio’s blessing–gave up on fighting Covid and replaced scientific advise with the uninformed and crazed advice of an incompetent and now-defeated fat former president.

    Rubio’s time in office has shown us that he insists on always trying to have it both ways. Which only highlights how spineless and morally bankrupt he is.

  • Walter

    February 14, 2021 at 7:36 pm

    This is typical of Democrats lying again and again. You gov knows how to treat the lying demon Democrats more court fillings to be be done to hold them up as long as possible to hold up the unconstitutional rulings of self proclaimed creepy king joe Biden. Hold them back in court till he is kicked out on his ass before king gets to his first 100 days. If not our whole country will be run into ruins.

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