Marco Rubio warns CPAC of Marxist influence in America
Marco Rubio.

Politics and religion are at stake, Rubio warned.

Sen. Marco Rubio characterized American life as “hard” on Friday and warned CPAC attendees of an ideology increasingly imposing its influence on America: Marxism.

“I believe there are a lot of people in this country influenced by Marxism that don’t even realize they’re being influenced by Marxism,” Rubio warned a conservative crowd in Orlando. “It’s infused in every aspect of our lives and our society.”

In a roughly 10-minute speech, Rubio lamented the alleged influence of Marxism and cited cancel culture as proof of its prominence.

College campuses, he suggested, are ground zero. He lamented censorship and “digital mobs,” saying Marxism is far more than an economic theory.

“Every single person in this room … you’re one word, you’re one statement, you’re one retweet, you’re one like away from destroying your life,” Rubio said.

The son of Cuban immigrants, Rubio also lambasted heavy-handed COVID-19 policies such as vaccine and mask mandates.

He took issue with citizens needing to produce “papers” to dine out or otherwise participate in society.  Such protocols are in effect ahead of the State of the Union Address on March 1.

“What’s happening now in America is what happens after 20 years of infusing this Marxist thought process into every aspect of our lives,” Rubio said.

More, though, is at stake than just politics, Rubio argued. He warned Marxists possess an “insatiable appetite” for control and power.

Their next target, in his eyes: Christianity.

“If this trend continues … we will live to see the day where mainstream Judeo-Christian values, when excerpts out of the Bible, are considered hate speech,” Rubio added.

Throughout the speech, Rubio reiterated that American life is “hard.” The freedoms associated with western life, he said, are unique and historically uncommon.

Rubio characterized liberty and democracy as a “modern phenomenon.”

“Almost everyone that’s ever walked the Earth … lived in a place where they didn’t get to pick their leaders, they didn’t have any real rights,” Rubio said. “Their rights are whatever their leaders allowed them to have.”

CPAC — the Conservative Political Action Conference — is a four-day gathering of conservative leaders, figures and supporters in Orlando.

Jason Delgado

Jason Delgado covers news out of the Florida State Capitol. After a go with the U.S. Army, the Orlando-native attended the University of Central Florida and earned a degree in American Policy and National Security. His past bylines include WMFE-NPR and POLITICO Florida. He'd love to hear from you. You can reach Jason by email ([email protected]) or on Twitter at @byJasonDelgado.


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    February 25, 2022 at 11:35 am

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  • tom palmer

    February 25, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Yeah, how dare those Marxists usurp the Florida Legislature’s job of banning stuff and intimidating anyone who doesn’t agree with them.

    • Antonio

      February 25, 2022 at 6:31 pm

      What is being banned and who is being intimidated?

      • Dr. Bob Hogner

        February 27, 2022 at 8:58 am

        You are joking, yes? Florida public school college and university professors and librarians are being banned from teaching Republican-sepcified topic,s, researching and testifying on cases the governor chooses, and choosing books for the library.

  • PeterH

    February 26, 2022 at 8:38 am

    A conspiracy theory thrives on an unknown… unproven statement, proposition or thought.

    “I believe there are a lot of people in this country influenced by Marxism that don’t even realize they’re being influenced by Marxism,” Rubio warned a conservative crowd in Orlando. “It’s infused in every aspect of our lives and our society.”

    I believe that Marco Rubio has deliberately floated Republican Conspiracy Theory Number 729! LOL

    • Dr.Robert Hogner

      February 27, 2022 at 9:00 am

      It’s nonsense, but sells well in amongst his older Cuban-American Anti-Fidel base.

  • comments

    February 27, 2022 at 8:46 am

    Marxist you wipe with the left you shake with the right (of things)

  • Florida Cannot Breathe

    February 27, 2022 at 5:55 pm

    As they say, “little hands do little things,” so Rubio spins lies and gossip.

    In olden days, senators & congressman could simply blame Russia, China, and Communism, but today Russia and China have most of Florida in its pocket, including the “Red Don” himself aka President Bone Spur.

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    February 27, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    It must be a Truly Wondrous time to be a Republican Politician at the State and National Level, when you can say any crazy shit you can think of, on a weekly basis, just to keep their Elected Offices…

    Especially, when they win Election after Election…

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