Marco Rubio doubles down on ‘mask fetish’ critique, calls COVID-19 ‘a cold’

Marco Rubio
Rubio said people got infected at backyard BBQs, where masks wouldn't be worn.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio is doubling down on his assertion that masks are not necessarily the way to go to combat the transmission of COVID-19.

Rubio followed up Thursday on a Wednesday video mocking what he called a “mask fetish.“.

The Thursday sequel did not delve into discussions of fetishism, but it did reinforce themes from the Wednesday footage in just over two minutes of runtime, with Rubio again contending Americans can’t rely on masks to stem the pandemic.

Rubio said mask mandates wouldn’t address vectors of transmission, including weekend cookouts at people’s homes.

“The problem with this mask mandate, talk about mask mandates, is a lot of these infections aren’t happening at a Publix, a CVS, or a Walgreens,” Rubio said. “They’re happening because people are getting together on a Saturday night for a barbecue and it’s not realistic, people aren’t going to wear a mask in those settings, they’re not going to do it.”

“You cannot mask your way out of this,” Rubio said.

Rubio began conversationally, outlining his struggles in talking about what he called a “recent COVID uptick that we’ve been seeing,” which he described as a “complex issue.”

“It’s a complicated issue,” the second-term Senator added. “On one side, you have people who are just tired of being told what to do. Like after a year and a half of being told what to do and being lectured at.”

Rubio said those people who have been worn down by government mandates were “traumatized” by potential business closures or because “their kids aren’t going to be able to go back to school for another year.”

“They don’t want to hear about it. They got vaccinated and they’re done. If they get a cold, which is what COVID is, they’re willing to do that,” Rubio contended.


A.G. Gancarski

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


  • Andrew Finn

    August 5, 2021 at 10:49 am

    Marco – You are fast becoming as big an idiot as the Emperor DeSantis. Before much more (and too many more people die) you clowns are going to turn a lot of us “long-time Republican voters” into “brand new Democrat voters” !!!!!! You could be in big trouble in 2022.

  • Deb Dunn

    August 5, 2021 at 11:29 am

    Rubio family are fully vaccinated so what does he care about you peons. Cutting his own throat

  • steve smart

    August 5, 2021 at 11:57 am

    The death rate among the unvaccinated is no greater than it would be if you had the flu. They just don’t tell you that. This
    whole thing is completely over hyped.

    • Matthew Lusk

      August 5, 2021 at 1:51 pm

      There is a trillion dollars to be made off hype. Any hospital that fraudulently inflates covid records receive millions. They claim plausible deniability because of the fake PCR test. The scam is on the tax payer and debt spent inflation.

    • Sam Perez

      August 11, 2021 at 10:44 pm

      Not true. 600,000+ unvaccinated people died from COVID last year. In any given year, 600,000+ people do not die from the flu.

      Fact not hype.

      • PeterH

        August 11, 2021 at 10:52 pm

        Your statement is FALSE. The cumulative number of flu deaths in the past ten years …. doesn’t come close to the Covid deaths last year. You can easily find the flu death records by year by simply using Google.

  • Brenda

    August 5, 2021 at 1:18 pm

    Thank u Rubio, only reason i got my vaccine is because the president went on national tv an said if you get the vaccine u dont have to wear a mask, so i ran right out an got mine, he can’t take back his word now, unless he can take this vaccine back out of my arm, he said to trust in the vaccine, how can we trust the vaccine if they say we have to wear a mask? Does that mean the vaccine really doesn’t work? We did our part, we got out vaccine, if the rest of the people don’t want to get the vaccine, its not our fault, but u can’t take your word back biden, u said no mask for vaccinated, next time choose your words wisely, i will not wear a mask, i burned all my mask 14 days after my vaccine, an i wont buy or wear another one

    • PeterH

      August 5, 2021 at 1:52 pm

      As has been reported for the past 8 months …. The vaccine is 90% effective at protecting YOU. You still have a 10% chance of contracting Covid.


      Marco Rubio is just a moronic incompetent confusing distraction from Florida’s overloaded hospitals and daily Covid death count which at the moment is the highest in the nation.

      And guess what Brenda, there is a new more toxic Covid variant that has recently been discovered in Florida. Scientist are not sure if vaccines will protect you from the LAMBDA variant…… so stay tuned. Ugh.

      • Brenda

        August 6, 2021 at 1:40 pm

        Didn’t ask for your 2 cents, but for your information my family is vaccinated thank u, now sit down! The issue is unvaccinated people still going into stores an work while positive! No one is stopping them!!!!!! An if hospitals in florida are over ran then how come i dont see it? Just like last time, they said the hospitals were over ran, no they were not, i had 5 procedures at the hospital, an if they were over ran, no way they would’ve let me come in for the procedures, i cant be brainwashed like some people, nice try though!

  • Matthew Lusk

    August 5, 2021 at 1:46 pm

    Off course a cold will trigger the PCR test. That is one of the lynchpins of the scam. The covid scamdemic is a trillion dollar heist. Our hospitals are not full of delta patients. There is not even a delta test. Our hospitals are full of dying fat diabetic patients. Follow the money and the crimes.

  • Christopher Campbell

    August 5, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    I would rather have the flu than the long lasting delta virus !

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