Critics label Marco Rubio’s tweet on George Soros-backed prosecutors as anti-Semitic
Marco Rubio on the Senate floor. Image via C-Span.

Marco Rubio
The Miami Republican wants the Senate requiring prosecution of violent criminals, he said.

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio came under fire after suggesting dealing with George Soros-backed prosecutors should be the top priority in Congress.

After Senate Democrats shot down an amendment Rubio offered that would require prosecutors keep violent criminals incarcerated, he took to Twitter to criticize prosecutors.

“The Democrats just blocked my effort to try and force Soros-backed prosecutors to put dangerous criminals in jail,” the Miami Republican said.

Soros, a Democratic mega-donor, has for the past several election cycles supported progressive candidates for State Attorney and District Attorney races around the country. Their policies have drawn criticism this year as Republicans run on law-and-order platforms.

But the assertion that Soros, who is Jewish, secretly controls a network of powerful decision-makers drew criticism as promotion of an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory.

“Marco Rubio, what is a Soros-backed prosecutor?  Do you mean Jewish?” tweeted Fred Guttenberg, a Florida gun control activist. “Asking for the many Floridians who are Jewish and who will be voting soon.  With anti-Semitism running rampant in the state, you serve as Senator of, one would think you avoid this kind of talk, unless …”

Guttenberg became politically active after his daughter, Jaime, died in the 2018 Parkland shooting. He has heavily criticized Rubio in the past over gun policy, and has endorsed Democrat Val Demings’ campaign against Rubio.

Other voices across the country criticized Rubio’s tweet as well.

“When Republicans say ‘Soros’ they mean ‘Jewish,’ and Rubio knows it. Ugly stuff,” tweeted Democratic strategist Greg Pinelo.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, also considered the invocation of Soros to be coded anti-Semitism.

“This is how anti-Semitism takes root and spreads,” she tweeted. “What is a ‘Soros’ backed prosecutor? Soros is a Hungarian Jew who survived the Holocaust,” she said. “(Viktor) Orbán the authoritarian leader of Hungary demonizes Soros all the time in Orban’s culture war to suppress freedom and democracy.”

Rubio gave a speech on the Senate floor Sunday after offering his amendment to a budget bill. In the speech, he did not invoke Soros by name.

“Let me tell you what people care about. They don’t care about buying solar panels and electric cars as much as they do not having to live in a community where violent crime is rampant and you’ve got some crazy prosecutor that refused to put people in jail, that refuses to prosecute entire categories of crime,” he said.

“Don’t waste time on stuff that doesn’t matter to real people who are working every single day who are not going to be driving an electric car next year or the year after that, but they might get mugged. But they might be a victim of a violent crime.”

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


36 comments

  • Elliott Offen

    August 8, 2022 at 9:19 am

    George Soros conspiracy theories are racist and antisemitic. Boobio might not get it…but the far right absolutely does get it…as evidenced even by some of the comments we get here on Florida politics. It is a dangerous far right agenda.. easy to see.

    • Gary

      August 8, 2022 at 10:19 am

      Hey genius, donations to candidates are public records, and Soros’ financial support for these anarchist DAs is a FACT.

      • TJC

        August 8, 2022 at 10:27 am

        Characterizing these DA’s as “anarchist” is a lie. Using caps for “fact” does not make any lie true. Just louder. But The Donald would be proud of you!

      • Joe Corsin

        August 8, 2022 at 10:53 am

        You wouldn’t know a fact if it climbed up your azzhole and shot quills…

        • Impeach Biden

          August 8, 2022 at 11:04 am

          This progressive site continues to allow posts like these yet erases mine. This is the MSM with its left wing propaganda.

          • Bill

            August 8, 2022 at 11:20 am

            Based on what I’ve seen on this site from both sides, your posts must be quite something if they get deleted by the moderators. Either way, you have no first amendment rights on a private forum. I guess if you have a point to make, you need to tone it down.

          • Joe Corsin

            August 8, 2022 at 11:35 am

            @Impeach Biden: Just face it…your far right views are disgusting and/or complete nonsense. Don’t blame the rest of the world for your mental crimes. You’ve most likely been taken advantage of and abused. First step to recovery is admitting that you’ve been mentally abused. There is help out there… there are resources.

          • Steve Kuschner

            August 8, 2022 at 11:37 am

            Your name disqualifies you from being taken seriously

      • David Zeidman

        August 10, 2022 at 5:43 pm

        George Soros is the root cause supporting and fueling lawlessness and crime in USA with blood on his hands. This has nothing to do with antisemitism . Anyone who says otherwise has a political agenda . BTW I am Jewish.

        • Robert Sugar

          August 10, 2022 at 10:05 pm

          I as a Holocaust surviving conservative Jew despise the Nazi collaborator criminal Soros.

  • Don’t Look Up

    August 8, 2022 at 9:27 am

    Republicans have very little left to offer Americans. Dividing America along racial and ethnic lines, racist dog whistles, voter suppression and their fake allegiance to ‘Christian values!’ ….. Republicans use these “cultural warrior” tropes to get their lowest common denominator voters to the polls.

    VOTE REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE!

  • Gary

    August 8, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Jacob, your attempt to paint Rubio’s comment as antiemetic was laughably silly.

  • TJC

    August 8, 2022 at 10:24 am

    In 1968 Republicans Richard Nixon and Spiro Agnew ran for president/vice-president on a “law and order” ticket similar to what Rubio and other Republicans are trying on for size now. Agnew was the most outspoken candidate when it came to “law and order” — invoking all the fear-mongering tactics Rubio is now using, and always blaming the press and liberals for all the violence in America (civil rights and anti-Vietnam War protests were always characterized as violent when in fact most were not). The rich irony was unveiled in 1973 when Agnew, now in his second term, was forced to resign the vice-presidency for accepting cash bribes from contractors (he’d been doing that first as governor of Maryland and continued as VP) and evading taxes. He was the criminal. A year later, Nixon was forced to resign — rather than face criminal impeachment charges.
    Like Donald Trump, the criminal candidates mouth off the most about “law and order” because they think they’ve gotten away with their crimes. Time will tell, as Agnew found out. Rubio is not a criminal, but neither is he a tough guy, and his tough guy talk sounds not only historically ill-informed but sadly comical coming from him.

  • Just a comment

    August 8, 2022 at 10:28 am

    Yes Soros survived because of the no good violent people of the past and gold digging.bull runners.

  • Arthur C Nicholas

    August 8, 2022 at 10:59 am

    George Soros…a Jew that walked hand in hand with the Nazis as they looted Jewish homes. Calling this trash out is not anti semitic…it is calling out an evil-doer that in a 60 minutes interview clearly stated that he “had to survive”. And those of you who disagree are the real Nazi-lovers.
    GO TRUMP IN 2024!!!

    • Elliott Offen

      August 8, 2022 at 12:00 pm

      Trump is politically impotent and radioactive waste dude. Not coming back. Surely you must be trolling. No one’s analytical skills are that bad…

    • L Korman

      August 9, 2022 at 6:41 pm

      Wow, what a vile distortion of Soros’s survival during the Holocaust. Soros did not walk “hand-in-hand” with the Nazis. Soros was 14 years old at the time! He survived posing as a Christian under the protection of a Hungarian official who was hiding his own Jewish wife.

  • Ocean Joe

    August 8, 2022 at 11:01 am

    I see your George Soros, and raise you two Koch Brothers. Somehow all the money they spent promoting climate denial in order to line their own pockets and promote dependence on fossil fuels is OK.
    Florida is the canary in the coal mine for climate effects, namely sea level rise which will impact our drinking water supply, not to mention coastal infrastructure.
    Marco comes out of his hole every 5.5 years and starts bleating far right stuff so don’t get excited or surprised by anything he says.

  • Tom

    August 8, 2022 at 11:16 am

    Dem Dum Soros Manchurian nation alive and well on FP and Corp media.

    It is public record, Dem state attorneys are soros backed. What are you guys, Soros legion.

    Stop living in the Hunter Biden bubble.
    How demented are you. Soros ran a open letter on wall st journal defending his efforts. How ignorant are you dumb asses.

    FP is as pathetic as possible.
    Fake poll on Rubio, ignoring 10 pt lead per Susquehanna poll, which has him trouncing Dum Dumings. Which is a Dem leaning poll.

    Gary, idiot Elliot, tjc are clown show artists. I kick there asses multiple times a week.

    • Bill

      August 8, 2022 at 11:26 am

      Back to school for you next week then … Pay attention to your english teacher especially the bit where they talk about coherent sentences. Spelling can be useful sometimes as well.

      All this talk about manchurian dumplings makes me want Chinese for lunch.

      • Tom

        August 8, 2022 at 11:41 am

        Oh, apparently you can’t read moron Bill. What don’t you understand bout Dem, Dum Soros Manchurian nation?
        Facts are funny things.

        He has openly funded by 2 to 1 ratio Dem state attorneys, including your Warren who got nuts cut off by America’s greatest Gov., u know Gov Kahones.

        What don’t you understand bout his open letter on open society in WSJ?

        Shut the hell up, you flee bag.
        You are not in league, I am the FO legend.

        Btw, Marco whizzed on all 50 Senate Dems and Dum Dum Demings. His amendment called out the Dem Senators as 50 of them denied women only as protected on giving birth. To ensure Federal pregnancy programs are protected for biological women only.

        50 moronic Dem Dum Manchurian Senators voted no. LMAO.
        I guess all you Dem men can implant your uteruses now. What a freaking train wreck the Dummycrat party is.

        Rubio is up at least 10pts. Another ass kicked!

        Go away!

        • Bill

          August 8, 2022 at 3:35 pm

          Leg end in your own trousers sounds about right – you can’t even spell flea bag. If you are indicative of the R’s, I’ll vote for the D’s all day long.

      • Tom

        August 8, 2022 at 11:58 am

        Facts are funny things for you Dem Dum Soros Manchurians.

        Soros and his open society fund Dem district attorneys 2 to 1, u morons. It was in the WSJ, he penned it.
        Warren got his nuts cut by America’s Gov., Gov Kahones.

        Bill you and your legion are not in my league, I am FP legend.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 8, 2022 at 11:39 am

      Tom is steeped in toxic far right propaganda. Today, stupidity and retardation. Tomorrow, quite possibly these people will be terrorists. Need to wear ankle monitors…need therapy…need medication.

      • Tom

        August 8, 2022 at 11:44 am

        Corsin, I see the incest continues!
        Mental illness.

        • Joe Corsin

          August 8, 2022 at 12:02 pm

          You are the one always thinking and talking about “incest.” Meanwhile everyone is wondering where this is coming from!!! Seek help! Seek insight!!

    • Steve Kuschner

      August 8, 2022 at 11:41 am

      Did you say lick their asses, I didn’t miss read that did I?

  • Mark Larsen

    August 8, 2022 at 11:57 am

    This story and Guttenberg’s allegation are yellow journalism & ethnic-baiting. 1.) Soros isn’t a practicing Jew nor were his parents, even before the Nazis invaded Hungary. He is no fan of Capitalist Israel. So please get over the “anti-Semitic” nonsense. Soros is about as Jewish as the Pope. 2.) “Conspiracy theory?” There is NOTHING covert about Soros’ foundation or its intentions. It has a website that makes everything quite clear. No “theory.” He has been funding radical causes and non-profits for decades. Look at Central America. How do you think the illegal migrant caravans get their clothes, shoes, food, support, transport, etc.? From local non-profits funded by the Open Society Foundation and its subsidiaries. It’s so hypocritical; a billionaire living in luxury with hedge fund cash obtained from Capitalism, but he seeks to tear down Capitalism. He was convicted in France for insider trading and fought he conviction for 10 years — and lost. Look at what he did to the GBP in the early ’90s. What a great guy. “Conspiracy theory?” Try again. But the Soros-loving, Leftist gas-lighters will keep denying what Soros is doing. Leftist radicals continue to amaze. I’m no Rubio fan — never was. But in my opinion, this is clearly a hit piece just ahead of the election.

    • Elliott Offen

      August 8, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      The American right wing loves Israel and the Jews because in Israel there’s lots of right wing nationalists who also hate the Muslims same as American conservatives. But the minute they find out that a Jew is a liberal…then they come out with the antisemitic bullsht. That’s how that works…

      • Mark Larsen

        August 8, 2022 at 2:29 pm

        What does your comment have to do with this article (or my comment)? Your assumption that all right wingers (I’m Libertarian) love Israel because Israel is anti-Islam, has nothing to do with the baseless allegation that Rubio’s comments are “anti-Semitic.” It is a known fact that Soros’ efforts are mainstream Radical/Socialist and it is a known fact that he has supported unapologetically woke & ineffective prosecutors, which is Rubio’s point. Please try again and try to make your point germane to the premise of the article. Thanks.

  • Tom

    August 8, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    Corsin, Bill and some moron Steve.

    3 losers not up to my league! But trying.
    My previous outline stands above the kiddies that defend soros Manchurians. Awe feelings hurt.

    Facts are funny things, they bust your pathetic balls. Kushner you would know as you lick them. Ask Warren how his feel after America’s Gov cut one of Soros international prime subjects. LMAO u Losers.

    • Joe Corsin

      August 8, 2022 at 1:14 pm

      ^ Tom is a delusional narcissist. Always talking about people aren’t in his league and about how he’s a legend. Of course this is all bullsht and he’s a complete imbecile and loser. Real winners don’t spew such nonsense…

      • Tom

        August 8, 2022 at 2:02 pm

        Facts are funny thing Joey.
        Your inability to share anything substantive demonstrates your incompetence.

        You and your clown show, Soros Manchurians are clueless. As demonstrated above.

        I read his open society letter to WSJ. Not sure you did, because if you had, you ass wipes wouldn’t defend this garbage.

        It’s common knowledge he funds local district, states attorney races. My goodness. I’ll just call you morons, clapping seals from now on.

        You are the biggest loser on FP, I drove Alex to the mental ward. As I will with you, as You have no chance.

        Rubio whizzes over 50 Dum Dems on ensuring women solely get federal programs defined towards biological women. They all voted no. How’s your uterus now moron! Go scratch!

        Georgia’s Warnock, Arizona Kelly, and Nevada’s Matsos, cha Ching, they gone! Biden’s mid 30’s, to low 20’s in those states. Losers!

  • Just a comment

    August 9, 2022 at 11:15 am

    I never heard of Soros so I do not know but Hungarian I heard he was a insider trader..good potential if you do not make the fed pen
    So remember Donald when he say our frauds are failing make America great again

  • Tjb

    August 9, 2022 at 11:35 am

    Rubio is creating a false talking point to distract from a more important issue. Marco should be talking about how he plans to dismantle Social Security and Medical, two programs that are crucial to the well-being of millions of Floridians.

  • John Barron

    August 10, 2022 at 1:00 am

    A Jew-hating Mexican… republicans keep hitting new lows lol

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