Marco Rubio sees ‘irony’ in ‘liberal places’ protesting Roe v. Wade overturn
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The Senator blames 'childish and unserious' political coverage.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio on Friday night’s Hannity told the Fox News audience about what he saw as a central “irony” in the post-Roe v. Wade landscape.

Rubio disparaged protests of the Supreme Court ruling in the Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization case as a “left-wing meltdown,” fomented by a political media that overstated and misstated the impact of the court decision that reverts the abortion question to the states.

“What we’ve seen over the last few hours is how unfortunately American political coverage has become childish and unserious,” Rubio said. “If you watch some of these tweets and see some of this reporting, you think abortion’s been banned. Nothing’s been banned.”

Rubio noted what he saw as an “irony” in protesters in liberal cities, because the overturning of 50 years of settled federal precedent wouldn’t affect them in his view.

“Here’s the irony: we are seeing massive protests in Los Angeles, New York, D.C.. These are liberal cities led by liberal leaders, liberal states that are never going to ban abortion. So they’re going to tear down, potentially commit acts of violence in places where abortion is always going to be legal as long as it’s in the hands of the states, because these are liberal places,” Rubio said. “That’s the irony of all this.”

He also touched on recently passed abortion rules in Florida, including a measure that outlaws abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.

“That is consistent and in line with what much of the countries of Europe have. In poll after poll—these guys love talking about polls—poll after poll after [poll shows] the overwhelming majority of Americans support a ban [on abortion] after 15 weeks,” he said. “That’s what the law is in Florida. That’s what [Dobbs] was about, the Mississippi law that was being challenged and worked its way over to the court.”

Rubio has messaged about security issues related to this ruling for weeks now.

This week, Rubio co-introduced legislation that would impose criminal penalties on those leaking Supreme Court confidential documents, including draft Supreme Court rulings. The bill came after chilling warnings from Rubio about the climate created by the leak.

“My sense is that this leak was a strategically planned one, designed to get ahead of something and to generate exactly what you’re seeing, primarily to try to intimidate these Justices,” Rubio told Fox Business Network viewers in May, predicting the leaker would be hailed as a “hero on the Left.”

Rubio wrote Attorney General Merrick Garland a week later, warning of “an ongoing, coordinated campaign of intimidation against the majority of the justices on the Supreme Court” and demanding redress.

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


4 comments

  • Frankie M.

    June 25, 2022 at 12:10 pm

    Is Rubio suggesting that people who live in some of our most populous states should not be concerned about those in less populous states? Sounds more like a defense of the electoral college. Worry about yourself. To hell with everybody else. No wonder this country is so screwed up.

    Abortions might not be banned in some states but they will almost certainly be in others. This ruling will not affect those with money or options like Marco’s immediate family members but it will affect those that do not have a voice to protest this decision. Let’s call them the silent majority. I hope nobody in our state finds themselves in need of a back alley abortion…not that Rubio cares about them.

  • M

    June 25, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    Oh please, Rubio! Have another sip of water, go sit in your man-baby chair, and let the genuine, mature thinkers do the talking. Your hypocrisy is just too hard to stomach.

  • Julio

    June 27, 2022 at 1:13 pm

    There’s lots of personal criticism of Rubio here, which is to be expected. But no actual rebuttal of his point. You may not like him, but he’s 100% right. The most violent protests are happening in cities and states where abortion is and will continue to be legal.

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