Marco Rubio claims Joe Biden, Democrats ‘criminalizing and dehumanizing’ Republicans

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"They are not attacking political leaders alone, they are attacking voters."

A Florida Senator is speaking out against the President, claiming Democrats and President Joe Biden are “criminalizing and dehumanizing” Republicans.

“There are two things happening here. The first is they are criminalizing and dehumanizing their opposition. So this is what they have been doing for a while,” Marco Rubio claimed on Hannity Wednesday night.

Rubio outlined familiar complaints, including Biden’s objections to election law changes in Georgia and a contention Biden was “basically calling the Supreme Court illegitimate” when he objected to the Court decision in the Dobbs case overturning Roe v. Wade. He continued, arguing a double standard is in play regarding partisan rhetoric.

“If you criticize them, they will claim that you are putting them in danger. They, on the other hand, do not criticize Republicans, they try to dehumanize, defame and smear Republicans by calling not Republican officeholders, but Republican voters, everyday people, by calling them semi-fascist,” Rubio asserted.

The President used the term “semi-fascist” days ago, and his words were defended by White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre Wednesday after a question about that not being “unifying language.” She cited Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis‘ quip about throwing “little elf” Dr. Anthony Fauci “over the Potomac” as an example of the “dangerous trends that we’re seeing.”

Rubio extended his critique to DeSantis’ opponent in the Governor’s race.

“Last week in Florida Charlie Crist running for Governor once again here said he did not want the support of anyone who had voted or supported Ron DeSantis, which is the majority of the state,” Rubio said incorrectly, as DeSantis only got 49.6% in 2018, short of a majority.

“They are not attacking political leaders alone, they are attacking voters, which in Florida is the majority of voters,” Rubio lamented.

Rubio’s comments serve as a prebuttal to a widely anticipated Biden speech Thursday, in which the President is expected to address the “soul of the nation.” Expect remarks like these from other prominent Republicans in the run-up to Biden’s Thursday night speech Thursday.

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


30 comments

  • ScienceBLVR

    September 1, 2022 at 6:37 am

    Geesshhh, Marco, grow up, Snowflake. What a baby…. and an opportunistic liar, to boot!

  • Bill

    September 1, 2022 at 7:43 am

    So Rubio crawls out from under his rock for the first time since last election and has opinions on everything. I doubt anyone much cares at this stage.

  • SteveHC

    September 1, 2022 at 7:50 am

    The ONLY people “criminalizing and dehumanizing Republicans” are the traitorous Republican fascist politicians and their supporters. It would be nice to be able to be hopeful that all of the electorate would acknowledge and understand that, but unfortunately the overwhelming majority of Republican voters knowingly and deliberately *refuse* to do so. Voting supporters of the country’s fascist and otherwise dictatorship-preferring politicians (including those of Trump), when confronted with the relevant, indisputable facts regarding those politicians and even their consistent displays of immorality and/or amorality, STILL insist that “the country” (actually meaning the country as they imagine or wish it to be, or meaning simply themselves and not necessarily anyone else) would be “better off” with those politicians in control of the government. These voters truly believe that those particular politicians will deliver the social, legal and economic policies and results that *they* (the voters supporting them) want *for themselves* regardless of how those social, legal and economic policies might affect anyone else, and that those particular politicians would never “turn against” or do anything that would be harmful to them, the people who voted for them – e,.. “politician xyz will always be there to protect me because I voted for them”, refusing to accept the fact that once in a position of piwer and control over others such politicians will generally do whatever it takes to remain in that pisition regardless of whether or not that might require them to act against the best interests of those who voted them into power in the first place. In other words, it is the sheer self-centered avarice and greed – regarding matters of both material and social power – of the *voters themselves* that results in them deliberately voting for such politicians. In other words, when amoral, fascist Republican politicians visibly and deliberately display their leanings for all to see – as the current crop do – they get elected because amoral, fascist voters elected them. Not just now and not just in the USA, but throughout history and throughout the planet. Unfortunately. Consequently the only possible way to possibly prevent that from happening is for everyone *else* to vote and to *stop* voting *against* *their* own and their loved ones’ best intetests.

  • Joe Corsin

    September 1, 2022 at 7:52 am

    If you support crooks (Trump) and right wing violence like we saw at the Capitol then what do you expect. If Republican voters don’t want to be labeled then they should denounce such crookery and lawlessness instead of denial, deflection, and continuing to spread far right lies. If the shoe fits wear it…or change shoes.. simple as that

    • Balzar Freezenov

      September 1, 2022 at 10:22 am

      lmao after what Democrats put the country through for 4 years. #Resistance will cut both ways and you havent seen anything yet. Cry some more though.

      • Joe Corsin

        September 1, 2022 at 10:30 am

        Twas a mad man crook and flawed democratic process (electoral college) that put the country through hell. The SOB should have never been president to begin with. Not gonna happen again!!!

  • tom palmer

    September 1, 2022 at 9:15 am

    Hey, muchacho, have you never seen the GOP attack ads or the comments against Democrats the anonymous trolls on this site make? This is adult swim.

  • Roberto

    September 1, 2022 at 9:40 am

    Decades of dogwhistle politics from GOP, culminating in QAnon and the disgraceful former chief executive. Little Marco knows all about dehumanizing rhetoric.

  • Hope

    September 1, 2022 at 10:11 am

    It’s not by design that the Right is right and the Left is wrong.

    Hunter and Biden committed treason and that is a fact. Who takes money from the mayor’s wife in Moscow, goes to the Ukraine and now Russia and the Ukraine are in war. It’s only time before the trials began.. Putin, Hunter, and Joe will be taking up residence in Guantanamo soon. Bye-bye traitors and terrorists.

    The Desperados are so desperate they are weaponizing are public law enforcement agencies because they know the minute they lose their crimes will have consequences.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 1, 2022 at 10:28 am

      Yeah sounds like you don’t know fact from fiction… don’t know right from wrong…don’t know ye tts from ye bung hole🍩😆

    • Biden out

      September 3, 2022 at 9:09 am

      They most certainly will have severe consequences at GITMO!
      FOR TREASON AND TYRANNY

  • marylou

    September 1, 2022 at 10:31 am

    “basically calling the Supreme Court illegitimate”: SCOTUS is illegitimate. The majority lied to get confirmed. Alito lied in Dobbs when he stated that abortion was not part of the country’s history. He knows that Ben Franklin published an abortion recipe in his popular textbook that women and girls had–and used– at their homes. Instead of reading the Founders, Alito held a seance to speak directly with 13th and 17th century witch hunters.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 1, 2022 at 10:33 am

      Yep. They lied to get confirmed therefore shouldn’t even be there.

  • Johnathan Galt

    September 1, 2022 at 11:23 am

    The Democrat threat to freedom cannot be denied. They are full blown totalitarians now, fit only to occupy cold, dark cells indistinguishable from their cold, dark soulless lives.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 1, 2022 at 11:57 am

      Nice try scapegoating and accusing Dems of that which the GOP is guilty.

  • Hope

    September 1, 2022 at 11:25 am

    The only liars are in the Democratic Party that are too many to mention and they all know and we know who they are. Hunter and Joe committed treason that is all you need to know. The Day of Reckoning when voters cast their ballots in November will rectify this atrocity so fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

    When will Hillary and Hunter be arrested for treason?

    • Joe Corsin

      September 1, 2022 at 11:56 am

      Trump 40,000 lies over four years. You are full of poo poo…

    • Bob

      September 1, 2022 at 9:46 pm

      My goodness, Trump had control of the DOJ for 4 years, and nothing happened with either Hillary or Hunter. Why is that? Either because there was and still is nothing to prosecute or Trump was the most incompetent president to ever occupy the White House.
      Either way, you need to grow up and stop believing in fairy tales and focusing on an imaginary past that you want to re-live.
      You parrot the usual talking point about Democrats destroying America, but it seems that your representatives are either powerless wannabe men, or they are just as culpable for the state of the country.

  • PeterH

    September 1, 2022 at 11:29 am

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

  • Selina Cooper

    September 1, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Rubio is a disgrace to Florida…it’s time for him to go back under the rock he crawled from and don’t let the door hit your ass on the way out!!!

  • James Adamiak

    September 1, 2022 at 12:30 pm

    Drinking out of my mug of Republican tears as I read this…

  • Michael Flair

    September 1, 2022 at 1:58 pm

    The Rubicon has been crossed, the gauntlet has been thrown down. Biden now will go for the MAGA Republicans jugular (again) on live TV. (He knows he will be impeached shortly, so why not?) IMO, the USA President is burning down the American Bridge. It does not seem like good Presidential Politics to keep ‘on and on’ insulting 1/2 of the people you represent. More and more independents and law abiding democrats are coming Trump’s Way.

  • David Beiler

    September 1, 2022 at 2:22 pm

    The Klain-Rice regime is laying down the premise for their imminent one-party dictatorship.

  • tjb

    September 1, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    Why is ok for Marco to make a general statement criminalizing the FBI.
    Also, did Biden accuse all Republican voters or the far-right MAGA Republicans, such as those who attacked the Capitol on Jan 6

  • I. Martin

    September 1, 2022 at 5:58 pm

    It’s fine. The more Biden speaks, the more damage he does to himself and his party. They all forget that he didn’t really campaign against Trump, the media did. Biden got as far as he did by hiding in his basement. It’s the Hamilton line, “Talk less, smile more–don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for.” Maybe his party should buy him a ticket to the show.

  • Edward D Holman

    September 1, 2022 at 6:56 pm

    Yesterday the President declared half the country to be semi-fascists and told us to watch out – we don’t have F-15s. Today his press secretary stated twice that half the country is a direct threat to democracy. Tonight the President will make a nationally televised address. He will speak about what he calls, “the Soul of the Country”, which is under threat.

    Since this kind of rhetoric from those in charge is unique, and if it is a prelude to some kind of use of federal police or military force on those who politically disagree with this regime . . . that would constitute an illegal order. The Military officer’s Oath on induction was changed after the Nuremberg Trials. We follow the orders of the President only if it does not run counter to fidelity to the Constitution. “Just following orders” will not absolve them from culpability.

    • Tjb

      September 2, 2022 at 9:01 am

      Biden was not condemning Republicans. He was condemning the Trump/MAGA cult that wants to destroy our Democracy. This cult doesn’t represent half of the country,

      • Edward D Holman

        September 2, 2022 at 9:04 am

        The military officer or officers who ordered the enlisted marines in uniform to stand in the background should draw an article 32 investigation since it is a potential violation of UCMJ Article 88 – Contempt Toward Officials – When a military member is wearing the uniform and receiving a salary from the Department of Defense, that military member has essentially signed away his First Amendment rights granted by the Constitution. The exact words of the Uniform Code of Military Justice Article 88 – Contempt Toward Public Officials states: “Any commissioned officer who uses contemptuous words against the President, the Vice President, Congress, the Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of a military department, the Secretary of Transportation, or the Governor or legislature of any State, Territory, Commonwealth, or possession in which he is on duty or present shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.”

        Those uniforms served as optics in a larger threat against those who politically disagree with the decrees of the Left.

  • jon

    September 1, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    If Republicans are semi-fascist, Biden is semi-literate. We are subjected now, regularly (or whenever Biden’s handlers let him speak) , to the rantings of a man in the early (late?) stages of dementia.

    When inflation is sky high, the southern border wide open, interest rates climbing, violent crime soaring…you call your opponents semi-fascist, racist, homophobic, transphobic…anything you can to distract people from the reality of life in America during the Biden years.

    He’s a joke.

    DeSantis will crush Charlie Crist and his Teachers Union Running Mate (smart choice, Charlie!!). .He won’t get 49.6 percent — “less than a majority” — this time around.

    Rubio will win by less, but he will win.

    • Tjb

      September 2, 2022 at 9:14 am

      Interesting that you accuse Biden for violent crime soaring. According to FBI stats, Republican led cities and states are the most violent.

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