Anti-maskers bombard Marco Rubio with rage after he debunks their conspiracy theories
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) speaks to WFTV-TV on June 6, 2016.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Thursday did his best to debunk false claims about face masks being made by conspiracy theorists -- but he wound up getting bombarded by angry anti-maskers anyway.


In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio declared that "mask wearing isn’t some novel idea they came up with to control us," referring to a popular refrain among conspiracy theorists that masks are the New World Order's way of asserting dominance over a pliant population.

He went on to say that "surgeons, nurses and dentists have used them forever to protect patients and themselves," and then asked his followers rhetorically, "If it doesn’t work, what’s the harm?" and "And if it has a 10% chance of getting us back to school,sports and life why not do it?"

While Rubio's tweet may have seemed fairly uncontroversial, he was nonetheless angrily denounced by anti-mask activists.

Check out some reactions below.