In the wake of what is shaping up to be a decisive loss at the polls and an electoral repudiation from voters as Joe Biden's winning margin continues to grow, many voices withing the Republican Party have been calling for some soul-searching about the future of their party.
One of them is Senator Marco Rubio, whose proposal that the GOP rebrand as a more inclusive party that better connects to the needs of "multiethnic, multiracial, working class" led a reporter to quip that he was joining the so-called Squad of progressive Democrat Representatives.
And the members of the Squad wasted no time hilariously putting Rubio in his place.
Membership rejected 🙅🏽♀️ https://t.co/O9IUKh3ZBK— Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan Omar)1605151936.0
The tweets came following an Axios interview with Rubio, in which he described to Axios's Alayna Treene what he thinks is the remedy for the GOP's losses.
"The future of the party is based on a multiethnic, multiracial working class coalition."
If that description sounds familiar... well, you're not alone.
Not only is it basically exactly the Democratic Party coalition that just elected Joe Biden with a popular vote margin that is the largest since FDR's in 1932, but it is also the coalition that elected the "Squad"--Representatives Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley--in Minnesota, New York, Michigan and Massachusetts, respectively, during the "blue wave" midterm elections in 2018.
But the similarities between Rubio's "vision" for a new GOP and the already existent Squad didn't stop there. Rubio also spoke to Axios about economic ideas that are directly from the Squad's playbook.
"[Rubio] added that working class Americans are now largely against big businesses 'that only care about how their shares are performing, even if it's based on moving production overseas for cheaper labor.'"
So it's easy to see why Representative Omar put Rubio firmly in place. But just in case Rubio thought he might have an in with the other members of the Squad, Ocasio-Cortez came through to dash those hopes completely.
@IlhanMN By unanimous vote 🚫— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez)1605154415.0
And other folks on Twitter absolutely loved it.
@IlhanMN https://t.co/Yz7R3xysdA— Darci Catherine 💖 (@Darci Catherine 💖)1605152005.0
@AOC @IlhanMN He got high on too many bible verses & thinks he's Elizabeth Warren.— Erin wants a National #BadCopRegistry (@Erin wants a National #BadCopRegistry)1605155014.0
@AOC @IlhanMN https://t.co/Acm3WiwbXc— Will Rainbolt (@Will Rainbolt)1605154465.0
@IlhanMN Let's run ads calling him a socialist. That's how it works now— Shadow President Warren 🗽🧢🩸🦷 (@Shadow President Warren 🗽🧢🩸🦷)1605152064.0
@IlhanMN Nah! Endorse him sis! His base will reject him and he’ll lose re-election 🤣— Tez (@Tez)1605152115.0
Ha! They said, Sir, just sit there and drink your water. https://t.co/rBmxkJaFLR— Kirsten West Savali (@Kirsten West Savali)1605157232.0
@IlhanMN Rubio is far too busy being a D-list clown in the circus to be part of the squad— Dunning-Kruger 2020 (@Dunning-Kruger 2020)1605152438.0
@AOC @IlhanMN The answer was https://t.co/tuRM4xewuP— Mychal (@Mychal)1605154476.0
And hopefully yeeted into space. https://t.co/XoQtQYuGGL— Christ Almighty what a week (@Christ Almighty what a week)1605201634.0
@IlhanMN Squad membership? Rubio? https://t.co/5TqQ06pQ1J— Rosana Jaquez (@Rosana Jaquez)1605155473.0
Hopefully Rubio gets his messaging together by 2024--he also told Axios he is considering a second presidential run.