Rick Scott questions Joe Biden’s lack of military service as Israel spat continues
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'How does he know better how to go into Rafah and get rid of Hamas?'

U.S. Sen. Rick Scott continues to question the White House over its lack of enthusiasm for Israel’s ongoing offensive against Hamas.

And some of the criticisms are getting personal.

During a recent television appearance, he suggested that the current President, who got five student deferments and another medical deferment during the Vietnam War, has no standing to criticize Israel’s conduct in the war.

“Stop criticizing the (Benjamin) Netanyahu administration. By the way, has (Joe) Biden won a war? Has Biden fought in a war? No,” Scott said on “Fox News Sunday.” 

“What’s his background in doing this? How does he know better how to go into Rafah and get rid of Hamas? He doesn’t; it makes you mad when you hear this stuff,” Scott continued.

Scott’s military service is well known. He was a radar man aboard the USS Glover for over two years.

In contrast, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, like Biden, used deferments to avoid military service. Still, he likened the 20th-century New York City dating scene to his “personal Vietnam.”

The Senator was responding to commentary from Vice President Kamala Harris, who said there might be consequences to Israel if the country moved forward with the action opposed by the United States.

Before a medical procedure this week, Netanyahu was unambiguous in his strategy preview.

“There is no victory without entering Rafah; there is no victory without destroying the Hamas battalions there,” he said Sunday.

Scott, who met with Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders last week, stressed that Israel is willing to go it alone without the sanction of the Biden administration.

“They know that they have to go into Rafah to destroy Hamas. They have to destroy Hamas. They need American support, but they’re going to go into Rafah to get rid of Hamas, whether the U.S. supports them or not.”

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


  • Dont Say FLA

    April 1, 2024 at 11:37 am

    Noted. pRick Scott is on the side of Old Testament style genocide with Netenyahu. That makes for the two of them against the rest of the world.

    Eye for an eye. Toof for a toof, but not just October 7th 2023. Going back to the Holocaust, right?

    It’s not Genocide because they started it (“it” being the latest round). Right pRick?

    Shame on pRick. Even Lieberman died of embarrassment. pRick and Netenyahu, please rent a convertible and go Thelma and Louise yourselves for us.

    • Joe Buddha

      April 1, 2024 at 3:09 pm

      Thanks for remembering. Not a fan of the Israelis, but I hate it when Palestinions don’t mention that Hamas triggered it.

  • ScienceBLVR

    April 1, 2024 at 11:40 am

    I suspect President Biden has some advisors with respect to how the US proceeds in military actions, you know, like at the Pentagon? Or his Dept of Defense?
    You’d think Scott would know this. But, Mr. Navy hat never misses an opportunity to spout derogatory gibberish instead of, you know, doing the job he’s paid to do.

    • Impeach Biden

      April 1, 2024 at 11:46 am

      Biden has advisers for everything from military all the way to which way to exit the stage and where to read his cue cards. He is so far gone. Merely a hologram he is. The thought of Ka Mana as CIC should frighten the citizens of the United States

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 1, 2024 at 6:26 pm

        Rick’s tour of Navy duty — primarily latrine patrol — left him with no idea whatsoever about military or naval strategy. He did learn in the USN to avoid responsibility for things that went wrong by lying or taking the 5th.

  • Better Is As Better Does

    April 1, 2024 at 11:41 am

    Some other way, ANY other way, that avoids 100,000 of deaths via bullets, abuse, starvation, thirst. That way would be better than what Israel has been doing to bystanders in Gaza.

    Is that such a difficult concept, Mr Scott?

    • Impeach Biden

      April 1, 2024 at 11:54 am

      Don’t blame the leadership of Israel for this. Hamas has been digging tunnels, tossing rockets into Israel. That’s why Israel had to develop the Iron Dome. This most recent invasion and brutal attack on Israel is being met with a firm response as Israel will set back the Hamas leadership and infrastructure for many many years. To the people of Palestine. Stop electing this Hamas terrorists as your political leaders.

      • Ted

        April 1, 2024 at 2:09 pm

        Isreal isn’t innocent. They’ve occupied Gaza for over 50 years. They have literally created an open air prison. If Israel wants to be left alone, they need to get out of gaza.

        • rick whitaker

          April 1, 2024 at 2:21 pm

          ted, thanks for telling that impeach biden idiot the facts. all the guy does is repeat lies over and over. you are right of course, he is always wrong.

          • MH/Duuuval

            April 1, 2024 at 6:32 pm

            Peachy is unaware of the reality that after 2006, Hamas has not held elections and run Gaza as one-party state. To be a Gazan is to have two masters, Hamas and Israel. (Hamas has its followers, no doubt, the same fundamentalist ilk that has embraced Trump.)

  • PeterH

    April 1, 2024 at 11:57 am

    Rick Scott is an international embarrassment who refuses to write legislation or endorse legislation to improve our southern border.
    Republicans are America’s worst enemy!
    Vote all Republicans out of office!

    • Impeach Biden

      April 1, 2024 at 12:05 pm

      There is nothing! Nothing right now preventing Biden from closing our Southern Border. He refuses to do it. Ka Mana dropped the ball on her tasking and Mayorkas has been impeached

      • Joe Buddha

        April 1, 2024 at 3:13 pm

        Nothing but man power. What will happen if he closes the border People will still get in, but y’all will continue to blame him. Here’s an idea: Bring the Senate compromise to the floor and help it out. Or admit that you just want to hit the Dems over it. Whining MAGAts give me a pain.

        • rick whitaker

          April 1, 2024 at 3:19 pm

          joe budda, good answer to impeach biden idiot. he will not understand though. he is full of every conspiracy theory that’s out there in misinformation world. your comment was right on.

      • PeterH

        April 1, 2024 at 7:46 pm

        Republicans are America’s biggest threat to freedom, democracy and our southern border conundrum.

        Vote all Republicans out of office!

  • CW

    April 1, 2024 at 12:02 pm

    So Rick Scott’s 29 months in the Navy suddenly makes him a military expert…. I’m so tired of the partisan “us against them” mentality in current US politics. Where has common sense gone? The attack by Hamas was horrible and deserved a response, but the reckless bombing Israel is far beyond reasonable. The Biden administration is viewing the humanitarian impact of the war in Israel rather than an ego boost trophy that Trump and many members of the GOP would.

    • rick whitaker

      April 1, 2024 at 1:41 pm

      cw, tell those maga fools like it is, thanks.

    • Joe Buddha

      April 1, 2024 at 3:15 pm

      Nothing but man power. What will happen if he closes the border People will still get in, but y’all will continue to blame him. Here’s an idea: Bring the Senate compromise to the floor and help it out. Or admit that you just want to hit the Dems over it. Whining MAGAts give me a pain.

  • Joe Buddha

    April 1, 2024 at 3:19 pm

    Pete Buttagege is a military vet. He has a host of staff with lots of eperience advising him. And he listens, unlike the former guy who only wanted sycophants and toadys.

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 1, 2024 at 6:29 pm

      Pete does seem to be a good listener and he has a ton of energy. Perhaps in 2028 he’ll be able to make a serious run for the Presidency. We already know he is gay, so he won’t be hiding stuff like so many others who run for high office.

  • RKitty

    April 1, 2024 at 8:57 pm

    Rick lost a war to Harry, Hermione, and Ron

  • Andy

    April 2, 2024 at 11:07 am

    But Scott BLIINDLY supports a person who lied about ‘FIVE HEEL SPURS’ ? Even in Israel, lying and cheating are a sin!

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 2, 2024 at 2:47 pm

      Or, the great hunter Dick Cheney who kept fathering children to stay out of the draft. (Probably worked out better for GIs since Cheney shot a fellow hunter.)

  • TL

    April 2, 2024 at 4:18 pm

    As opposed to Scott’s Cult Worship Leader Trump dodging the draft? And his Cult Worship Leader calling John McCain, a war hero, a “loser” for getting captured. McCain couldn’t fully raise his arms over his head after the torture he received yet Trump attacked his service (sic).

    • MH/Duuuval

      April 2, 2024 at 8:17 pm

      Scott = Mr. Pitiful multi-millionaire and inveterate 5th A taker who has abased himself by embracing MAGA.

      • MH/Duuuval

        April 3, 2024 at 11:21 am

        Perhaps Dee can find a place for Rick after he is defeated in November.

        Rick probably has a large boat and could become an admiral in Dee’s anti-immigrant navy. (The taxpayers would pay for the fuel.)

  • Beth

    April 3, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    Really? I’m still questioning where the money is that Rick stole from Medicare. FL Republicans sure love their corrupt politicians.

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