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.
@marcorubio Because I have a god given right not to be forced to wear some garbage over my mouth.— Golf4Life (@Golf4Life) 1594901529.0
@marcorubio I don’t mind wearing one voluntarily and I have the whole time, it’s when the government steps in and f… https://t.co/mZMuyG2bTL— runrunrun (@runrunrun) 1594902323.0
@marcorubio Masks are for criminals and terrorists. https://t.co/kKQHRtm7kz— Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA) 🇺🇸 (@Rep. Steven Smith (R-GA) 🇺🇸) 1594906448.0
@marcorubio The harm is you’re breathing in your own CO2 which might seems fine at the present time but overtime it… https://t.co/e34foxrTnA— 💀KG💀™️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@💀KG💀™️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️) 1594907164.0
@marcorubio What's the harm in wearing a burka.... right, Rubio? 🙄— Angela.Kay (@Angela.Kay) 1594908113.0
@marcorubio Show me where the Constitution allows for Governors and Mayors issuing dictates and micro-managing the… https://t.co/cMqyLvNz73— Larry Black (@Larry Black) 1594901862.0
@marcorubio https://t.co/QEGOZWo5o1— Mike⭐️⭐️⭐️ (@Mike⭐️⭐️⭐️) 1594910847.0
@DeborahDitkows1 @marcorubio I love how people are focusing on 138,000 like it's an astronomical number. Yes, that… https://t.co/e98PrQtEUq— Kim (@Kim) 1594908675.0
@marcorubio The harm is masses of Americans walking blindly in obedience to government issued non-laws turning towa… https://t.co/9HZxvB6H8V— Cynthia Just a MAGA Woman (@Cynthia Just a MAGA Woman) 1594902120.0
@marcorubio Wearing Face mask has no scientific value, useless. Human body is full of bacteria both good and bad.— prolles (@prolles) 1594901725.0
@marcorubio It’s so weird to me that not even Republicans understand the concept of freedom, and rights of Americans to choose.— D.A. Walk (@D.A. Walk) 1594908401.0
@marcorubio Masks are about control/ power.. nothing more. If masks were effective, where were the flu masks? 70,… https://t.co/XDfN9E8nyX— Dr.NovaX432HZ Dr. Stop The Steal (@Dr.NovaX432HZ Dr. Stop The Steal) 1594904130.0