GOP Senator Marco Rubio of Florida may disagree with fellow Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene's unhinged conspiracy theories, but the people he's got a real problem with are the media who report on her.
In a recent tweet, Rubio denounced the media who make conspiracy theorists "famous" by reporting on them.
Reporting that a politician believes in/flirts with conspiracy theories is legit, but the attention they get should… https://t.co/DBJOBRn988— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1612354404.0
Twitter immediately called out Rubio, pointing out ignoring the bad behavior of conspiracy theorists enables them to continue.
You enable them by not immediately denouncing them. Then you play the victim saying that you get generalized with… https://t.co/uI96dnTfxW— David Hogg (@David Hogg)1612359619.0
This us a profoundly naive view of the movement @marcorubio has helped fuel by his willful blindness and belief tha… https://t.co/6eT4GS9Fho— Steve Schmidt (@Steve Schmidt)1612379890.0
Remember the time a violent, conspiracy-driven mob breached the Capitol? That’s tough to ignore, though lots of Rep… https://t.co/4UKMOuPhqk— Amanda Carpenter (@Amanda Carpenter)1612355408.0
Many called out Rubio's support for President Donald Trump, who was well known for spreading conspiracy theories on a regular basis.
What he means is: pay more attention to his lapdog-like devotion to conspiracy theorist Donald Trump and less to hi… https://t.co/qbx5QYQgsX— Brian Beutler (@Brian Beutler)1612358294.0
Marco, she literally said she believes 9/11 was an inside job, that the Sandy Hook and Parkland shootings were stag… https://t.co/8v5hDpzitQ— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1612356337.0
Didn’t you help Donald Trump? He pushed the racist birther conspiracy theory—and other dangerous nuttery (such as t… https://t.co/d4UJYkdWkd— David Corn (@David Corn)1612355919.0
Rubio is willing to speak about what's right, but many feel he stops a bit short of doing what's brave.
Why did Marco Rubio limit replies on this tweet where he plays down the impact of Marjorie Taylor Greene? https://t.co/m0yysYZbiJ— Kyle Griffin (@Kyle Griffin)1612383921.0
How about having the decency and the courage to condemn that politician by name? https://t.co/MBIeXNgPTF— Joe Walsh (@Joe Walsh)1612355352.0
The Senator restricted comments here. Here’s a comment/question: why aren’t most republicans condemning other repub… https://t.co/R0VJUmBcM8— David Begnaud (@David Begnaud)1612384728.0
Rubio's support for the former President definitely made it easier for many Twitter users to dunk on him.
Says the guy who called the previous president a con man and then voted for him anyway. PS, open your replies cowar… https://t.co/gLzyfoUqlM— Gabe Ortíz (@Gabe Ortíz)1612384054.0
Is this tweet is about your sycophantic devotion to Trump? I'm confused Marco https://t.co/UrqGV47ksq— Seth Abramson (@Seth Abramson)1612389982.0
In response to his tweet, many called on Rubio to denounce Greene by name.
When a woman who believes School Shootings were 'Staged to dismantle the 2nd Amendment' is placed on the Education… https://t.co/gJlXae6KXW— Manda Brunelle (@Manda Brunelle)1612413548.0
Hold yourself accountable @marcorubio YOU have said NOTHING to condemn her insanity & vitriol that contributed to t… https://t.co/ZsTPHsThIT— 1 Smith in Millions (@1 Smith in Millions)1612384476.0
Marco Rubio doesn't seem to have convinced many people with his tweet, but maybe some of the responses to it will change his mind and drive him to denounce violent rhetoric and conspiracy theories.