Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) tried to play both sides of the partisan split on coronavirus -- and got blasted as a "coward."
The Florida Republican admitted the viral outbreak was not a "conspiracy to hurt the president," as Trump has hinted and conservative broadcasters have suggested, but in the next breath blamed the media for overhyping the risks.
"#COVID19 is NOT part of a conspiracy to hurt the President. It is a real threat that will disrupt our economy & our daily lives," Rubio tweeted. "But at a time when we need people to believe truth the media is undermining its credibility with many by covering this as a partisan political issue."
#COVID19 is NOT part of a conspiracy to hurt the President. It is a real threat that will disrupt our economy & our… https://t.co/N63te7O9BW— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1583839920.0
Other social media users bashed Rubio for undercutting his own argument, even as some GOP lawmakers self-quarantine after exposure to the virus at the CPAC event.
@marcorubio Can you please stop tweeting nonsense? You’re disingenuous lying is not helpful. Thank you, America.— Regina Marston for CA 42 (@Regina Marston for CA 42)1583843730.0
“It’s a real threat, but covering it like it’s a real threat and calling the administration on its lies makes you p… https://t.co/etZlTQDKzT— Justin Kanew (@Justin Kanew)1583841975.0
Senator Rubio blaming the media when he could be blaming the President. What a coward. https://t.co/mRmFKTLpM2— Soledad O'Brien (@Soledad O'Brien)1583840439.0
@marcorubio Hey Liddle’ Marco, have you been following the President’s tweets lately?— Jonathan Boucher (@Jonathan Boucher)1583842258.0
@marcorubio You see little Marco, you can write the first paragraph without completely contradicting yourself (as u… https://t.co/Fuvq16Fdbs— Ryan (@Ryan)1583839995.0
@marcorubio Coward as usual. this is not the Media. This is Trump’s fault. Keeps lying and has an inept Admin. Th… https://t.co/X2plPtaI31— marybl (@marybl)1583840682.0
@marcorubio Marco, we are MONTHS behind and the worst part is there’s no way to reverse the damage of the Admin’s failure— Grudgie the Whale (@Grudgie the Whale)1583841704.0
@marcorubio You mean Fox News continues to double down on a harmful and dangerous message. It’s time to speak cle… https://t.co/FYVI6xwLc2— kristin treado (@kristin treado)1583841493.0
@marcorubio Here's your reminder that if the president simply did his job well, he wouldn't have to pat his own back.— michael prelee (@michael prelee)1583842141.0
@marcorubio Have you told your friends at Fox Business? Here’s one you should call up immediately https://t.co/UPRPNATk8f— OGBlack (@OGBlack)1583840028.0
@marcorubio Then maybe he should stop lying to the people. Warn them appropriately. Get the damn tests out there an… https://t.co/IXpohN9WKX— Miranda- #LindseyGrahamIsCorruptAF (@Miranda- #LindseyGrahamIsCorruptAF)1583841141.0
@marcorubio One can't undermine the credibility of an administration (and a President) who lie about everything eve… https://t.co/Gl7sE5CJ3e— W.J.Wylie3 is in the timbers of Fenario (@W.J.Wylie3 is in the timbers of Fenario)1583842074.0
@marcorubio You truly are the Susan Collins of Marco Rubios.— BuckeyeCraigInKC (@BuckeyeCraigInKC)1583840606.0
@marcorubio Trump is lying EVERY SINGLE DAY about this crisis. No one has any tests and new cases are being report… https://t.co/4dUZyPrN1T— Debbie Russell (@Debbie Russell)1583841440.0
@marcorubio Democrats: "You guys are in charge of everything so can you please not mess it up and kill a bunch of p… https://t.co/9OKIkNAyFm— Erik the Rural Juror (@Erik the Rural Juror)1583840961.0
@marcorubio You want politicizing? Trump called the epidemic a hoax and a plot against him. He said journalists wou… https://t.co/xB0H9Z1om5— Michael Dominowski (@Michael Dominowski)1583841214.0
@marcorubio The media covering the pandemic is the problem. Not the administration calling it a flu. Got it.— Untucked with Jeremy Newberger (@Untucked with Jeremy Newberger)1583843583.0