Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Wednesday drew heavy criticism for suggesting that both liberals and conservatives were responsible for America's "heavily politicized" response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a tweet posted in the morning, Rubio bemoaned the fact that "having a rational and effective response to COVID-19 will be hard to achieve as long as we have a heavily politicized narrative that demands you pick 1 of 2 views."
In Rubio's take, those two views are either that the "virus is the apocalypse and everything must close" or the "virus is being exaggerated and will go away on its own."
However, many of Rubio's followers quickly pointed out that no one wants to keep everything closed indefinitely -- rather, they want to get the virus under control and then set up a contact-tracing system that can be used to limit potential outbreaks of the disease.
Check out some reactions to the senator's tweet below.
@marcorubio The hospital down the street from me in Orlando has no free icu beds because of you— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1594213156.0
@marcorubio Who the hell is saying it's the apocalypse? Wear a mask when you go out in public, wash your hands, sta… https://t.co/iHn7k4OBbI— Forward! (@Forward!) 1594213157.0
@marcorubio Uh... as a Floridian , I ask you ..... exactly what state do you represent that you condemn “ politiciz… https://t.co/YZReCNGhq4— Cathy (@Cathy) 1594213558.0
@marcorubio It's actually a choice between: A. Listen to the scientists and medical experts; or B. Listen to the idiots.— Paul 👻 (@Paul 👻) 1594213245.0
@marcorubio The only narrative is social distancing, testing and masks works. Every country doing this is proof of… https://t.co/55bpJqYzRE— Secret Society Sally (@Secret Society Sally) 1594213919.0
@marcorubio Bullshit. There are many countries that have found ways to mitigate the virus and return to some degre… https://t.co/f5epZrPNKX— Kel Varnsen (@Kel Varnsen) 1594213105.0
@marcorubio Marco, don't be disingenuous. This is a straw man argument. You know as well as anyone else that there… https://t.co/qIWwsRUKAA— Riveting Rosie, M.A. (@Riveting Rosie, M.A.) 1594213340.0
@marcorubio Uh, maybe sit this one out Marco.— Brook Lundy (@Brook Lundy) 1594213077.0