Marco Rubio cracked wise about transgender people again; it went about as well as you’d think

'You have nothing better to do? Out of Bible passages?'

Republican U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio wandered back to the subject of transgenderism Thursday while responding to an advisory from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and it went about as well as most would have expected.

The CDC advisory, published Sept. 29, ran with the headline: “COVID-19 Vaccination for Pregnant People to Prevent Serious Illness, Deaths, and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes from COVID-19.”

Many would read the headline, nod their head and think, “Huh. Good on the CDC for using a gender-neutral term to recognize that trans men and nonbinary people can — and do — get pregnant.”

Not Rubio. Doing his best J.K. Rowling impression, Rubio fired off a tweet just after 4 p.m.

“‘Pregnant people’?” he wrote. “If the @CDC ever discovers a pregnant man, I assure you his vaccination status will not be the main thing he should be worried about.”

Rubio’s tweet received hundreds of interactions, including several comments lambasting him for being ignorant at best, intolerant at worst.

One assumed the former, writing: “There are people who have a uterus but identify as male. There are literally people right now who identify and look like men who are pregnant. Educate yourself and then resign.”

Another wrote: “This is the message you choose to run with, not the fact that they want pregnant people to get vaccinated?”

A third referenced Rubio’s penchant for posting passages from the Good Book. “You have nothing better to do?” she wrote. “Out of Bible passages?”

Yet another noted that by getting wrapped up in nomenclature, Rubio had missed the entire point of the advisory: “How about worry about the growing body count in your state instead of picking apart the wording in the CDC guidelines?”

But let’s dispel with this fiction that Rubio doesn’t know what he’s doing. He knows exactly what he’s doing.

A month and a half ago, Rubio took a test run at cracking jokes at the CDC and transgender people’s expense with a prototype of his Thursday quippery.

Sharing an Aug. 11 CDC advisory for “people who are pregnant,” Rubio tweeted: “The @CDC today urged pregnant & recently pregnant men to get vaccinated because they are more likely to get severely ill with COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant men”.

Perhaps not thinking that was a deep enough dig, he followed up with: “Also according to the CDC, recent reports have shown that breastfeeding men who have received mRNA COVID-19 vaccines have antibodies in their breastmilk, which could help protect their babies.”

Rubio took it upon himself to add the phrases “pregnant men” and “breastfeeding men” to his summation of the CDC information. The webpage he screenshotted for his tweet includes neither.

As a South Florida man, Rubio’s used to the heat and likely has little issue getting roasted every now and then. In between the myriad jabs, however, some offered levelheaded takes.

“Even if you had a problem with transgender people existing, what’s wrong with this statement?” one person asked. “Women are people too, are they not?”

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


  • Ron Ogden

    September 30, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Rubio is correct and deserves applause. Proggies like to play cute with language because it is their way to declare their status as malcontents and sandbox-style victims whose purpose is disruption rather than clarity. “Pregnant people” is a neologism, and a pointless neologism at that. It’s purpose is only to signal virtue among hoi polloi when, in fact, no one of any sort of circumspection or character gives a hoot about the average proggies’ obscure virtues. “People with uteri” are females by definition and titled women by courtesy and it does not matter what they think themselves to be; let them work that out in the privacy of their stormy mentalities. Further, any representative of the people who allows himself to be influenced by social media sniping is unworthy of the title. On the other hand, anyone who fancies himself a writer and has to turn to social media for substance is wholly deserving of the title “journalist,” which is fast becoming as disreputable as “abortion doctor.”

  • Giuseppe Camolli

    September 30, 2021 at 10:41 pm

    He´s right. We need to stop normalizing a MENTAL ILLNESS!
    You can´t simply “identifiy” yourself as something you are clearly not and expect the world to play along.
    I hereby identify myself as Tom Brady. I want my seven rings!

  • John

    October 1, 2021 at 12:18 am

    And what of the child who is born from man? How shall they call their birth parent? Their mommy-daddy? These abominates, they shall perish under the wrath of God for their defilement of his creation.

    • Lee Anne

      October 1, 2021 at 6:47 am

      If there can be a virgin birth with no human father then a man can most certainly give birth

      • Ron Ogden

        October 1, 2021 at 8:00 am

        When the original, universal God chooses that a virgin give birth, she shall; and if He chooses that a human man give birth to an elephant, he will, too. But planning for it is a poor way to make public policy.

  • Billie LaMont

    October 1, 2021 at 8:33 am

    I wish Rubio could climb back into whatever hideous birth canal created him.

  • Ron

    October 2, 2021 at 9:02 am

    When gender identity wins, females (real mothers, wives, daughters, granddaughters) lose. Whay are we uprooting our entire society to molify people who are mentally ill? Thank God for people like Sen. Rubio, and this is the main reason he will crush phoney Val.

  • TJC

    October 2, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    The man he now adores, Trump, called him Little Marco, and now Little Marco does everything he can do to live up to that name. Just like in the movie A Christmas Story, he is the snot nosed little toady to the big bully, safe by the side of the big guy…so far!
    Little Marco has the balls of a mouse, and squeaks like one now, never close to the volume of the Trump he adores.

    • BAN

      October 4, 2021 at 2:11 am

      What does Trump have to do with Rubio’s comment? Having an unhinged obsessive hatred of DJT is almost as sick as the gender-bender foolishness Rubio rightly derided.

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