Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) offered a new excuse for his apparently certain vote to acquit President Donald Trump in the impeachment trial.
The Florida Republican has already said he would not vote to remove the president because he feared it would "inflict extraordinary and potentially irreparable damage to our already divided nation," and Rubio trotted out another explanation ahead of closing statements.
"If House votes to impeach, the Senate decides not just guilt or innocence, but also whether removal is in the nations best interest," Rubio tweeted. "EVEN IF (not EVEN THOUGH) Article I could be proven, removal would not serve the nations best interest; Article II is a joke."
If House votes to impeach,the Senate decides not just guilt or innocence,but also whether removal is in the nations… https://t.co/FWku401k3E— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1580742425.0
Other social media users ripped Rubio, and reminded him of his previous assessments of Trump's character.
Removing Trump is not in the nation's best interest says the guy who called him a "con artist." https://t.co/fguLzpVy3P— Schooley (@Schooley) 1580745088.0
@marcorubio You're the joke and history will remember you as one. That's if history will remember you at all.— Chidi®️ (@Chidi®️) 1580742511.0
@marcorubio You are not serving our nations best interest #ImpeachAndRemove https://t.co/GFikc8zR2N— Timothy Williams (@Timothy Williams) 1580742571.0
@marcorubio Then why are you so afraid to hear more information? “Even if” means “if it could be proven” but you d… https://t.co/EaAv9Fu8zQ— Rose Benson (@Rose Benson) 1580742565.0
@marcorubio So you're saying there's literally no instance under which you'd vote for a President's removal because… https://t.co/LiiltylDSQ— Pé (@Pé) 1580743217.0
@marcorubio Sorry, Senator Rubio. As a constituent, I speak for many who believe that these are matters of grave c… https://t.co/o1hFwhiqcn— Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️ (@Jean L.P. Jaurès 🌎🔬📚⚖️) 1580742627.0
@marcorubio The GOP Senate being so corrupt and compromised that you enable and give a pass to a criminal, traitor,… https://t.co/XbYTWQB6mi— Cheri Jacobus (@Cheri Jacobus) 1580746128.0
@marcorubio Thanks for showing the world that u think the Constitution is a joke. I've been saying for awhile that… https://t.co/IZZw717V1h— Sharon🌊Ruthless🇺🇸Treehugger🐈🎄🌴 (@Sharon🌊Ruthless🇺🇸Treehugger🐈🎄🌴) 1580745003.0
@marcorubio Vote to acquit on article 2 CHANGES THE BALANCE OF POWER, OUTLINED IN THE CONSTITUTION!! THAT is ANYTHI… https://t.co/Jqm29bWWdP— lolabeeme 🐝 (@lolabeeme 🐝) 1580743371.0