Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Tuesday found himself getting slammed even by his fellow conservatives after he attacked a local restaurant -- and even went so far as to post its phone number and encourage people to call.
Rubio began his Tuesday by calling out Nusret Gokce -- the chef who goes by the name of "Salt Bae" -- after he hosted Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro at one of his restaurants.
"This guy... who admires dictator Nicolas Maduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all places, Miami," Rubio said, before he proceeded to post the restaurant's address and phone number while encouraging people to call.
This guy @nusr_ett who admires dictator @NicolasMaduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all places, #Miami… https://t.co/THttPfVjDH— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1537238322.0
Conservative publication The Weekly Standard proceeded to call out Rubio for using his platform to "harass" Gokce's restaurant -- and Rubio responded by doubling down.
"Sad you don’t see the big difference between shaming someone because you disagree on a political issue and shaming a celebrity chef, who didn’t just host Maduro, he promoted videos of the lavish feast he provided for a criminal that is systematically starving the people of Venezuela," Rubio wrote.
Sad you don’t see the big difference between shaming someone because you disagree on a political issue & shaming a… https://t.co/TTZjvBdccV— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1537287269.0
This prompted many of Rubio's followers -- including many conservatives -- to hammer him for continuing to be a "clown."
Check out the top reactions below.
@marcorubio If you gaze long into a Trump, the Trump will also gaze into you.— AlternativeGroupOfHats (@AlternativeGroupOfHats)1537287955.0
@marcorubio Sad that you don't see the big difference between doing your job as a senator and being a clown on Twit… https://t.co/PkfBOj6uuS— Comfortably Smug (@Comfortably Smug)1537287468.0
@marcorubio I have no defense of any individual that would support someone like Maduro. But I'm not sure every empl… https://t.co/wwYCrF3uTc— Ben Howe (@Ben Howe)1537288202.0
@marcorubio Then I hope you would also shame a celebrity game show host that became president that has also cheated… https://t.co/lE3pen7hVc— CorySchmidt (@CorySchmidt)1537287372.0
@marcorubio Your pissed off at a chef celebrating a dinner with a dictator, while the president made fucking commem… https://t.co/T4F8FEh5Sf— LavenderMagnus (@LavenderMagnus)1537288121.0
@marcorubio Now do Trump and Putin, or Trump and Edoğanan or Trump and Kim.— Deborah Pugh (@Deborah Pugh)1537288091.0
@marcorubio Did you read the article @marcorubio ? The whole point was all you actually accomplished was to harass… https://t.co/yTK3hjHsNq— Amanda Sherlock (@Amanda Sherlock)1537289252.0