Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) called impeachment a "waste of time," and he was drowned in fury and ridicule for sucking up to former president Donald Trump.
The Florida Republican made clear he would not vote to convict Trump for inciting a violent insurrection Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol in a last-ditch effort to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election win.
"Waste of time impeachment isn't about accountability," Rubio tweeted. "It's about demands from vengeance from the radical left. And a new 'show' for the 'Political Entertainment Industry.'"
Waste of time impeachment isn't about accountability
It's about demands from vengeance from the radical left
And a new “show" for the “Political Entertainment Industry"
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) January 26, 2021
Rubio's tweet was swiftly condemned by other social media users.
Right, who cares that the president "incited" an "insurrection" that "stormed the Capitol" and "murdered a police officer."
Certainly not those radical leftists like (squints) Liz Cheney?
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) January 26, 2021
Just say you're pro-insurrection
— Grudgie the Whale (@grudging1) January 26, 2021
You think Liz Cheney and Mitt Romney are part of the “radical left"?
If anything, convicting Trump is about rejecting the lies and incitement of the right-wing “political entertainment industry."
— Christian Vanderbrouk (@UrbanAchievr) January 26, 2021
It's amazing what this guy will now say and do because Ivanka is now living in Florida.
— Steven Greenwald (@teewee249) January 26, 2021
It's... actually about accountability.
It's okay, everybody understands you don't know what that word means.
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) January 26, 2021
Waste of time. Yup. Let's hold 20 more Benghazi hearings. Or maybe try to take healthcare away form millions 79 more times
— Jaynie's Got a Bun (@FreeGirlNowNYC) January 26, 2021
Five Americans died because Donald Trump couldn't accept that he lost.
How many American deaths would make holding a Senate trial worth the time?
Would you be OK if Democrats have their supporters storm the US Capitol in future elections? Because that's what you're saying here.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) January 26, 2021
You're calling the left radical when Trump's sycophants literally invaded the Capitol?
— Andrew Dolberg (@asdolberg) January 26, 2021
If not impeachment, curious to know what accountability looks like for a president who incited his followers to attack the Capitol and stop the count of the electoral college votes as they sought to hang the Vice President
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) January 26, 2021
I'm old enough to remember when Marco Rubio was called “the Savior of the Republican Party." To be clear, he was always terrible, but even more so after his disastrous 2016 presidential run.
Now he's just a Twitter troll who bemoans “the Left" and throws out daily Bible verses. pic.twitter.com/eA5m8Iow9d
— Russell Drew (@RussOnPolitics) January 26, 2021