Despite a plea from Ukraine's ambassador to stay off social media during a Zoom call with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy who wanted to address his concerns with U.S. lawmakers as his country is being invaded by Russia, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), as well as Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) felt compelled to announce to the world on Twitter that they were participating by posting a screenshot.
That, in turn, earned them a stern rebuke from Rep. Dean Phillips (D-MN) who called them out for their "appalling and reckless ignorance" despite being warned.
As Phillips wrote after the call ended, "The Ukrainian Ambassador very intentionally asked each of us on the zoom to NOT share anything on social media during the meeting to protect the security of President Zelenskyy. Appalling and reckless ignorance by two US Senators."
The Ukrainian Ambassador very intentionally asked each of us on the zoom to NOT share anything on social media during the meeting to protect the security of President Zelenskyy. Appalling and reckless ignorance by two US Senators.https://twitter.com/therecount/status/1500125132689399814\u00a0\u2026— Rep. Dean Phillips \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8 (@Rep. Dean Phillips \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf8) 1646494114
Critics of Rubio were quick to flood in his mentions demanding to know why he couldn't follow a simple request, with one asking, "Why the hell would you risk that man’s life by tweeting this in real time when you were specifically asked not to?!"
That was just the beginning of the Rubio pile-on as you can see below:
What\u2019s wrong with you?https://twitter.com/repdeanphillips/status/1500131161770766336\u00a0\u2026— Brandon Farmahini (@Brandon Farmahini) 1646494496
Why the hell would you risk that man\u2019s life by tweeting this in real time when you were specifically asked not to?! https://twitter.com/repdeanphillips/status/1500131161770766336\u00a0\u2026— K. Koth, PhD (@K. Koth, PhD) 1646495252
Maybe you can tell him you voted against sending them the aid they needed just a few years ago?https://twitter.com/DavMicRot/status/1497581887941918720?t=LcubvgyS0vluVpYyLF511w&s=19\u00a0\u2026— Steve (@Steve) 1646492835
You were specifically asked by Ukranian Ambassador to not share anything on social media during the call for security reasons. Is your need for clicks so out of hand that you would risk Zelenskyy's security? \n\nShow a tiny bit of respect for this courageous man.— Vaccinated Gloria\ud83c\udf3b (@Vaccinated Gloria\ud83c\udf3b) 1646494754
Rubio the saboteurhttps://twitter.com/RepDeanPhillips/status/1500131161770766336?s=20&t=wmLBtBwCFTnQDq2EMPQ26w\u00a0\u2026— Anon2World \ud83d\udd49\ufe0f\ud83c\udff4\u24b6 (@Anon2World \ud83d\udd49\ufe0f\ud83c\udff4\u24b6) 1646495928
How about not sharing that when asked not to?https://twitter.com/repdeanphillips/status/1500131161770766336\u00a0\u2026— sioux\ud83d\udc1d (@sioux\ud83d\udc1d) 1646495421
You dumbass!!! You were asked not to share ANYTHING on social media because it could compromise the safety of President Zelensky, but out of your desperate need to rewrite your own past & appear relevant in some way, you TWEETED THIS ANYWAY.\nYou shithead.https://twitter.com/repdeanphillips/status/1500131161770766336?s=21\u00a0\u2026— Jo \ud83c\udf3b (@Jo \ud83c\udf3b) 1646496580
This is so thirsty. We all now your campaign took 1.5 million in donations from the Russians.— CGirl (@CGirl) 1646491959