Marco Rubio says media condones ‘political violence’ against the right

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The Senator argued the press downplays threats on pro-life conservatives.

On Wednesday’s Fox and Friends, Sen. Marco Rubio offered his take on a “would-be assassin” endangering a Supreme Court Justice.

Rubio was addressing the case of Nicholas Roske, who had lethal weapons and malicious intent when he taxied to Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home early one morning last week. He contended that if a different Justice were targeted, left-of-center media would take it more seriously.

Rubio said 23 “pro-life centers in America” had been targeted by violence in the wake of the leaked draft ruling in a Mississippi case that could overturn Roe v. Wade.

“If that had been reversed, if it was 23 Planned Parenthood centers or a liberal justice that was almost killed, then that’s all we would be talking about,” Rubio said.

“That’s all the media would be covering, and that’s all Democrats would want to talk about. We’d be having hearings on it. And CNN would produce one of those 90-minute documentaries on ‘hate in America,’ and we would have all that,” Rubio said.

Rubio argued a double standard is in play.

“If the political violence is targeted at people we don’t like on the other side, then that’s OK.”

The Senator brought up the riots of 2020 to illustrate his point.

Rubio hasn’t ruled out support for all political violence. He attaboyed a group of Donald Trump supporters menacing a Joe Biden campaign bus in 2020, saying that in Florida, “we do that every day.” The Senator’s comments about Supreme Court security track with those from other leading Florida Republicans, including Gov. Ron DeSantis.

A Monday interview in New York City saw the Governor condemn ShutDownDC protesters planning to “blockade” the Supreme Court, likening the protesters to insurrectionists.

“That would be considered an insurrection: to stop a court from functioning, and yet they seem to be able to get away with a lot more than if the shoe were on the other foot,” DeSantis said, decrying “problematic” behavior from the Left.

DeSantis also condemned the leaked opinion itself when it was first reported in May, calling the released document a “judicial insurrection.” The Governor is more relaxed about the events of Jan. 6, meanwhile, as he called ongoing attention to them a “politicized Charlie Foxtrot.”

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


5 comments

  • John Barron

    June 15, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    Little Marco is struggling against a no-name dem who would have no chance if she were running against anyone else. Overrated!

  • tjb

    June 16, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    And trump encouraged violence on Jan 6 and many times before at his rallies. Where is your voice on this matter, Marco Rubio?

  • Marco is Righto

    June 16, 2022 at 5:35 pm

    Joe Kahn just took over as executive editor at the New York Times. He used a WaPo interview to suggest that, just maybe, the bias the media bias Sen. Rubio and others on the right complaint about is a real thing.
    ““Many of our peers have become more polarized or more partisan,” he said. “When we lose that curious but not fully decided [or] committed, nonpartisan reader, and we’re not thinking about the interests of that person, I think we ourselves risk being dragged in one direction or another on some of these issues.”
    As you might expect the reaction from committed progressives in the journo world was quick and hot. Read some of the comments appended to the WaPo story to see. Nonpartisan is apostasy in many parts of the Manhattan media universe. Rubio is right.

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  • Pat McGroin

    June 23, 2022 at 8:48 am

    Floridian here: “…..The Senator brought up the riots of 2020 to illustrate his point. Rubio hasn’t ruled out support for all political violence. He attaboyed a group of Donald Trump supporters menacing a Joe Biden campaign bus in 2020, saying that in Florida, “we do that every day……” Bullshit, Rubio. Only TrumpChumps do that every day. You’re a disgrace, you’re a lapdog to conservative special interests, and you have no redeeming social value. Bugger off…..

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