Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was called out over the weekend after he claimed that reporters are expressing "glee & delight" at the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the United States.
Rubio made the remark in a tweet on Sunday.
"Some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight in reporting that the U.S. has more #CoronaVirus cases than #China," he wrote. "Beyond being grotesque, its (sic) bad journalism."
Some in our media can’t contain their glee & delight in reporting that the U.S. has more #CoronaVirus cases than… https://t.co/AdjVVD5KlG— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio)1585494305.0
Twitter users responded by lashing out at Rubio.
Read some of the responses below.
@marcorubio Delight? You see, you qre making this health crisis a political issue.— Instagram @IvánKasanzew (@Instagram @IvánKasanzew)1585494594.0
@marcorubio We have no idea how many cases we have either as many of our dead are not even being tested. Stop being… https://t.co/JqNb8J027l— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette)1585494893.0
@marcorubio We have no idea either, asshole. And there is no glee in it. It’s to protect Americans from going out b… https://t.co/88T4gd6LTR— Tony Posnanski (@Tony Posnanski)1585495158.0
@marcorubio I’m more concerned that you — on a consistent basis — post grammatically incorrect Tweets with misspell… https://t.co/IP45VM40ai— Brad Wollack (@Brad Wollack)1585495503.0
@marcorubio Journalists are concentrated in cities that are being ravaged by a plague that could have been better c… https://t.co/7cS8QJKqnF— Michelle Goldberg (@Michelle Goldberg)1585495551.0
@marcorubio You need to stop. This is borderline Soviet crap. You know absolutely NOTHING about journalism. For you… https://t.co/7abzkuswcq— Carter Gaddis (@Carter Gaddis)1585496108.0
@marcorubio Fuck you.— Rachel Dodes, MSc (@Rachel Dodes, MSc)1585496145.0
@marcorubio God, you are such a disgrace.— Carter Gaddis (@Carter Gaddis)1585496274.0
@marcorubio @tedcruz Explain this to God. You will he asked to. https://t.co/nqZqKdPS5T— Patricia Arquette (@Patricia Arquette)1585496336.0
@marcorubio You're a subliterate buffoon.— Benjamin Dreyer (@Benjamin Dreyer)1585496434.0
@marcorubio no one is delighted that our numbers are skyrocketing. we’re trapped in our fucking homes. frontline wo… https://t.co/9extgIbJvr— marisa kabas (@marisa kabas)1585497087.0
Truly never feel more shame and embarrassment from being a Floridian than the moments I am reminded Marco Rubio is… https://t.co/LL5gtj7rWv— Zara Rahim (@Zara Rahim)1585497089.0
@marcorubio Glee and delight? Every journalist I know is terrified about being laid off right now. People are dying… https://t.co/eJJzkaGhhU— Molly Knight (@Molly Knight)1585497123.0
@marcorubio You are an imbecile. Nobody is taking glee in it except you and the rest of the garbage.— Jïmm¥†ðtheO (@Jïmm¥†ðtheO)1585497155.0
@marcorubio Stop it. You are lowering yourself to the abyss in which @RealDonaldTrump rots. Stop it now. This is embarrassing.— Lesley Abravanel🆘 (@Lesley Abravanel🆘)1585497195.0
This is self-serving presumption. There is no glee, @marcorubio. Just a duty to inform. For the readers, there is a… https://t.co/gg9A2mjwCo— John Carvalho (@John Carvalho)1585497379.0
@marcorubio You're so awful on so many levels.— Josh Marshall (@Josh Marshall)1585497398.0
@marcorubio You're mad at the media for reporting the number of cases in the US compared to other countries?? That… https://t.co/9VNa0jltHV— Bye, Trump! 👋👋👋 (@Bye, Trump! 👋👋👋)1585497482.0
@marcorubio First of all, no one is gleeful or delighted. Second of all, maybe you should be working instead of twe… https://t.co/fKDhgA9TIu— Thor Benson (@Thor Benson)1585499688.0
@marcorubio Instead of tweeting this why don't you go save lives in your own state.— Wilson Dizard (@Wilson Dizard)1585499806.0
@marcorubio Even amid such a horrible crisis in the US and in Florida, Rubio still chose to smear China over caring… https://t.co/FBBlQKzoQy— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@Chen Weihua （陈卫华）)1585500261.0
@marcorubio Literally no journalist is doing this. Florida needs actions not words. Florida needs masks and respira… https://t.co/5IBP8wjRHV— 𝙀𝙡𝙞 𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙝 🧼 😷 (@𝙀𝙡𝙞 𝙋𝙚𝙧𝙚𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙘𝙝 🧼 😷)1585500408.0
An absolutely vile, groundless claim by Marco Rubio, who would rather assault journalists doing their jobs under in… https://t.co/uSNexz6iSY— Staci D Kramer (@Staci D Kramer)1585500502.0
@marcorubio Oh SHUT UP. No one is here for you pointing fingers at the media as a ridiculous and petty distraction… https://t.co/LTDigLWO8F— Allison Winn Scotch (@Allison Winn Scotch)1585500592.0
The fact that it’s even a debate is due exclusively to the failures of the President and the Republican party to ta… https://t.co/Nns9sUfqah— Michael G. (@Michael G.)1585500627.0
@marcorubio What glee? What delight? You're full of shit. I called asking you to put a moratorium on credit repor… https://t.co/RTXv6Rxe7w— Timothy Burke (@Timothy Burke)1585500638.0
@ElieCohen1903 @owillis @marcorubio I hope your whataboutism keeps you warm at the funeral of one of your relatives, elie— Ned Pyle (@Ned Pyle)1585500813.0
@marcorubio Hey, asshole. For someone who I believe said we should not make this political, you sure often try to… https://t.co/84y2u5SEpz— Ron Waxman 🏳️🌈 (@Ron Waxman 🏳️🌈)1585500876.0
@marcorubio What’s actually happening Marco is that you’re reframing your own embarrassment and shame over how your… https://t.co/aMtZGmXWeo— Chase Mitchell (@Chase Mitchell)1585502780.0
@astackett @marcorubio I hope the family of every journalist attacked because of Rubio's lie sues the hell out of h… https://t.co/YpPdqHDb8p— Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald (@Kurt "Masks Save Lives" Eichenwald)1585502899.0
Marco Rubio’s brain is very broken. Who in the media is happy that people are sick and dying? https://t.co/ORr6Hkb94M— Erick Fernandez (@Erick Fernandez)1585502936.0