I can smoke, but you can’t.
That’s the message being sent by Florida Republican Sen. Mark Rubio, an opponent of decriminalizing marijuana, who refused to answer questions about his own pot use Monday.
At an education forum in Miami, Sen. Rubio brushed off a question about medical marijuana, which Florida residents will vote on in November. His answer left open the question of whether he smoked weed.
“I’ll tell you why I never answer that question,” the Florida Republican told a talk show host. “If I tell you that I haven’t, you won’t believe me. And if I tell you that I did, then kids will look up to me and say, ‘Well, I can smoke marijuana because look how he made it.'”
But that was only the beginning of his response. The senator kept on, as summed up by Warren Rojas of Roll Call:
His “Reefer Madness”-style prognosticating picked up speed from there, zigzagging from the past — “Now, when I was 17 and 18 and 16, I made dumb decisions as is. I didn’t need the help of marijuana or alcohol to further that,” he shared — to the present (“The bottom line is that it is a substance that alters your mind”) and even off into the future — “When you go interview for that job, and that thing pops up in your background check that you got arrested for something dumb, they don’t look at you and say, ‘Ahh, you were just 17.’ There are people who won’t get hired because of that stuff,” he counseled — almost as if the junior Florida senator had gotten used to slipping in and out of the time-space continuum at will.
Rubio elicited a few chuckles whilst raising alarms about how getting pinched for pot might burn bridges further down the road.
“There are bars that will give you a tough — not drinking bars, legal bars, the Florida bar — that won’t let you [in] because of those issues,” Rubio warned aspiring attorneys.
Rubio finally told the reporter: “The answer to your question is: at this point, it’s irrelevant.”
Trump supporter Steve Cortes loses it after Rick Wilson brings up war crimes prosecutions
The spokesperson for the "official" pro-Trump SuperPAC was admonished twice by an MSNBC anchor on Saturday night during a segment on impeachment that quickly went off the rails.
MSNBC anchor Joy Reid was anchoring a Saturday night special titled, "the impeachment trial of Donald Trump."
Her panel included Rick Wilson, the author of the bestselling 2018 book Everything Trump Touches Dies: A Republican Strategist Gets Real About the Worst President Ever and Steve Cortes, the spokesperson for America First PAC.
Wilson explained why Republican senators refuse to stand up to Trump.
Lev Parnas’s attorney hilariously trolls Mitch McConnell in bid for witnesses during impeachment trial
The attorney for Lev Parnas trolled Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Saturday in a bid for a "fair" impeachment trial.
Attorney Joseph Bondy posted to Twitter a video mashing together the audio of Trump meeting with Parnas and Igor Fruman along with the music from Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up."
Posting the song as an online prank, known as rickrolling, dates back to at least 2007.
Included with the video was a message to McConnell and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC). Bondy urged the two to "vote with integrity and conscience."
White House lawyers were desperate not to talk about Rudy Giuliani — or Trump’s other conspiracy theories: CNN analyst
On Saturday, CNN analyst Gloria Borger noted a key piece of the timeline that was conveniently missing from the defense presented by President Donald Trump's legal team: The involvement of Trump's private lawyer Rudy Giuliani.
"The one person that Jay Sekulow didn't mention is Rudy Giuliani, because this is Rudy Giuliani's theory of the game here," said Borger. "They were very careful not to bring up Rudy Giuliani because they know that he is not well regarded in the United States Senate, but if you again look at this summary of the transcript of the president's phone call, the president talks about CrowdStrike, he talks about a lot of things that went on. 'I would like to have the attorney general call you or your people, I would like to have you get to the bottom of it,' this whole nonsense, he talked about Bob Mueller and said a lot of it started with Ukraine."