Marco Rubio sees ‘massive disconnect’ between elites, ‘real world’

'They’re completely out of touch.'

U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio continues to sound populist themes in his re-election bid.

An interview released Sunday offered the latest example, with the Senator bemoaning a “massive disconnect” between bipartisan elites and people in the “real world.”

“So you have this massive disconnect, frankly in both parties between the people who live in New York and control media, the people who live in LA and control entertainment, the people who live in northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. and control politics, between them and what’s important to them, and what matters to millions and millions of people in the real world. That’s the disconnect that’s playing out,” Rubio told CBS 12 in West Palm Beach.

Rubio said the “disconnect” was specifically “between everyday working Americans who govern themselves by common sense and a small group of elites in both parties who are completely insulated and isolated from all of this.”

“That’s the real disconnect that’s driving this anger. People feel like those in charge at the national level of all of these institutions, not just government, don’t care about them, and they’re right, and they’re completely out of touch with them.”

The schism in the body politic, Rubio argued, is outside the traditional political spectrum itself.

“We’ve had times like this in our history before. I think what makes this different, honestly, the divide is not left vs. right or ideological. It seems partisan. I’m not sure it’s even partisan,” Rubio told CBS 12’s Mike Mangoli.

“There’s a small group of people in this country that have a lot of power and a lot of influence over culture, media, government, big business, and who live very different lives and have different priorities than the vast majority of Americans.”

Despite his wondering if the divide is even partisan, he nonetheless tied it into partisan ends, saying the “disconnect” was evident in Joe Biden’s policies, citing the Inflation Reduction Act as an example.

“That’s how you get an Inflation ‘Reduction’ Act, which is what they call it, that has nothing to do with inflation. It has to do with giving tax credits to people to buy electric cars ten years from now. What does that have to do with inflation today? It has to do with hiring 87,000 IRS agents. And then the tone deafness of thinking they can do a press conference on the White House lawn on the very day when numbers, at the very same time as the numbers coming out saying inflation grew faster than was anticipated and the stock market is collapsing.” Rubio contended.

Rubio has made worries about so-called elites central to his pitch.

Earlier this year, he worried in The Federalist that left-wing elites chased “perverse priorities” while America “crumbles,” in the wake of President Biden meeting with historians at the White House, who warned him about threats to democracy from the right-wing.

Rubio’s critique has also extended to “woke” corporatism in recent years, as evidenced by his 2021 Fox Business essay: “Here’s how we fight the woke elites running corporate America.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Juanita Mendoza

    September 19, 2022 at 10:00 am

    Marco Boobio is a piece of sht. Didn’t say anything about DeSantis far right political stunt with immigrants. DeSantis men molested a few of us on the airplane!!!!

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  • Tom

    September 19, 2022 at 11:05 am

    Sick pathetic Juanita, liar.

    Yes Sen Rubio is 100% correct.
    The disconnect is massive.
    This People, working people are not valued by the Dum Dems. Elites, like Bezos, Soros, Davos people are.

    GOP is the party of people, workers and non elites.

    • Ocean Joe

      September 19, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      Reminder: the GOP fought the minimum wage amendment which was designed to help create a living wage for workers.
      Reminder: the GOP gave out the 2017 tax cut, 84% to the wealthiest, even Marco complained about that (after voting for it).
      Reminder: GOP has been union busting since the first union was created. Those unions built the middle class, gave blue collar workers a shot at the American dream, home ownership, higher education for their children.
      Reminder: GOP goes to war to stop IRS agents-you are joking if anybody thinks they will be auditing the working class.

      The GOP is an obscene coalition of wealthy elites and whites who buy into your fear campaign against immigrants and minorities, made all the worse by the purging of the real Republicans you let Trump label Rinos. Those were the folks who cared about a balanced budget, a strong America around the world (not isolationism); free trade (not Trump tariffs that boomeranged). Try again Thomas.

      • Tom

        September 20, 2022 at 7:08 am

        Moron ocean Joe.
        How ignorant with half sewn stories of tale. You have stooped to peter h idiocy.

        You are clueless related to economics. Tax cuts saved economy, blue collar, working class and middle class earned more, wages went up with take home pay earnings. That’s the whole point made, the above have left the Dum Dems. Hispanics too.

        Your liberal Walter Mondale dogma is barfing up loose chucks.

        You have gone far, far left ocean. Go put signs up for crazy hoodie, Fettermann in PA. He will be losing to Oz.

        America’s Gov and Sen Rubio win!

    • Mr. Haney

      September 20, 2022 at 2:26 pm

      The liar is you Tom. Besides that, what would Rubio know about working? He’s never had a real job in his entire life.

  • Bill

    September 19, 2022 at 11:24 am

    What? You mean that all those millionaire senators are out of touch with the working class? Say it ain’t so. Surely some of the big GOP donors (Uihlein, Griffin, Thiel etc.) could spare a few dollars for the working class rather than buying judgeships and lining the pockets of their favorite politicians.

  • Kathy

    September 19, 2022 at 12:04 pm

    Republican Party, non elites? Surely you jest. Rubio ignores local pleas for help. Republican Rick Scott always 1st or 2nd on wealthiest Senators list (over $200 million, ill gotten gains), Trump not elite! Desantis making his own rules. Please stop. And stop this “rape” crap, how dare you claim something that so many have truly gone through. If this happened to you, you should be calling out to your fellow passengers for not helping you and not reporting it.

    • Tom

      September 19, 2022 at 12:14 pm

      Your commentary proves how disengaged you are kathy.

      The sick demented Juanita, alias Joey corsin referenced that. He is ill.
      Direct it correctly.

      People are entitled to earn. Your hate on earned wealth is appalling.
      Scott earned his, Unlike john kerrey who married into a Heinz family ketchup spouse. Spare us. Cheap shots at people who produce are not acceptable.

      The Dums have abandoned working class, middle class people and workers. They repeat it regularly.
      You are a fool.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 19, 2022 at 3:58 pm

        👆 Vote for me. I’ll bend this guy over and give him the old salami plunge..

        • Hope

          September 19, 2022 at 5:27 pm

          What does it say about a candidate named Charlie Crist who is not complaining that someone is using his name in a vulgar way?

          • Ocean Joe

            September 19, 2022 at 7:36 pm

            It says that you and the five folks who comment here take themselves way too seriously. Now go send a check to “I Build The Wall” so Steve Bannon can pocket it.

      • Mr. Haney

        September 20, 2022 at 2:28 pm

        Sucks having to lie continually doesn’t it Tom.

        You’re a fraud, just like Rick Scott, Rubio, Trump and any other Republican.

        • Tom

          September 20, 2022 at 5:57 pm

          Hey Haney, pull the toilet paper out of your pants!

          Facts are funny things. Shows how stupid you Soros Manchurians are. So clueless.

          I speak truth. You like several other
          Soros manchurians have made me the F P legend. I stand tall. I suffer fools like you happily. Long line.

          Facts win.

  • Donald Lisle

    September 19, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    You gotta be Misinformed, Racist ,or Undemocratic to vote republican… The republican hypocrisy and Fearmongering is LEGENDARY… Get a Clue and #VoteBluein2022…

  • KurtinOC

    September 19, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Looks like Sen.Little Marco finally had some self-reflection.

    Yes.. We all agree with the Water Boy. He is out of touch with the real world.

  • Mike

    September 20, 2022 at 7:37 am

    Marco Rubio is one of two people in Florida who have a vote in the US Senate.
    His position is among the most elite jobs in the world.
    Marco is and has been in elite positions for nearly his entire adult life.
    His perspective concerning elites and “disconnects” has little relevance due to his lack of experience in the real world as an adult.
    Marco’s shelf life as a respected leader is ended as he floundered in the 2016 Presidential Primaries revealing his ineptitude and inabilities.

    • Mr. Haney

      September 20, 2022 at 2:29 pm

      Right on Mike.

      Rubio ain’t no leader, that much is obvious. He is a coward like every Republican in the Senate and the majority of them in the House.

    • Tom

      September 20, 2022 at 6:02 pm

      Ignorance is bliss.
      Yes, he lost in primary 2016.
      He won the Senate race so I think he overcame it.
      Not sure what the point is.
      Rubio is the best “legislator” in Congress. That’s because he served as Florida House Speaker.

  • Tjb

    September 21, 2022 at 4:57 pm

    Hey Marco, let’s talk about real world issues. Tell us how your plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare will put many middle class Floridians into poverty when they retire. Your plan is designed to aid the wealthy elite.
    Senator Marco Rubio … Enjoy your lucrative government pension as Floridians will try to live with substandard healthcare and abject poverty

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