Little Marco Rubio Just Gave The Lamest Excuse For Skipping Town Halls
Florida Senator Marco Rubio has joined the pack of coward Republicans running away from voters, as nationwide anger over Trump’s policies boil to the breaking point.
Rubio said he won’t participate in town hall meetings because political activists will “heckle and scream at me in front of cameras.”
“They are not town halls anymore,” the Florida Republican told CBS4-Miami’s Jim DeFede on Sunday. “What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state.”
Rubio told the station that activists are instructed to go to town halls early and “take up all the front seats. They spread themselves out. They ask questions. They all cheer when the questions are asked. They are instructed to boo no matter what answer I give. It’s all in writing in this Indivisible document.”
While Rubio has avoided town halls, fellow Republicans in Florida and around the nation have shown up at public forums and taken the heat. Some Republicans have refused, with Texas Congressman Louie Gohmert invoking the 2011 shooting of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords, a Democrat.
“I was shot on a Saturday morning. By Monday morning my offices were open to the public,” Giffords said on Twitter. “To the politicians who have abandoned their civic obligations, I say this: Have some courage. Face your constituents. Hold town halls.”
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie echoed that sentiment during an interview with Jake Tapper on Sunday morning on CNN. “Welcome to the real world of responsibility,” he said to Republicans who don’t want to hold town halls. Christie said he himself had held more than 160 town halls during his two terms.
Rubio’s refusal to participate in town halls and face criticism over his opposition to Obamacare started to come into clear focus Thursday after a union activist and other demonstrators tracked him down in Miami at a time when he had led many to believe he was in Europe for meetings.
Asked whether he thinks today’s town hall crowds do not consist of “real people,” Rubio was quick to dispel the notion.
“These are real people. They are real liberal activists, and I respect their right to do it. But it is not a productive exercise,” Rubio replied in the interview. “It’s all designed to have news coverage at night — look at all these angry people screaming at your senator.”
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders vowed Thursday that public backlash against Republican members of Congress since President Donald Trump’s inauguration would reach its highest point yet.
“I think the Republicans have not seen anything yet,” Sanders said.
“If they’re worried about the protests they’re seeing, they’re going to see more. There will be massive protests, most of them in Republican offices around the country, district offices, demanding that Republican members of Congress meet with their constituents and answer the questions that their constituents have.”