Bruh by August Prum February 22, 2018
Florida Senator Marco Rubio got shamed by badass teens in a nationally-televised town hall on gun control after 17 people were murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week.
Rubio was accompanied by NRA spokeswoman and blood-sucking ghoul Dana Loesch to stand up to students and parents and advocate for the second amendment or whatever.
We’ve all known that Marco Rubio is completely spineless and amoral, bending over backwards to advance his own political career whenever possible, but this particular town hall exposed his utter inauthenticity to a new degree.
I suppose Rubio and Loesch deserve some level of credit (not really though) for actually showing up to the town hall that they knew would not be a good look for them. Florida governor Rick Scott and Donald Trump both turned down an invitation to appear.
Here were the highlights of last night’s town hall.
Father of victim Jaime Gutenberg to Sen. Rubio: “Your comments this week and those of our president have been pathetically weak.” #StudentsStandUp pic.twitter.com/9m2OaWqu9Z
— The Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 22, 2018
The father of shooting victim Jaime Gutenberg addressed Rubio, who had offered general platitudinous ‘thoughts and prayers’ after the shooting, and emotionally urged Rubio to stand for gun control:
“Sen. Rubio, my daughter running down the hallway at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas was shot in the back with an assault weapon. The weapon of choice. It is too easy to get; it is a weapon of war. The fact that you can’t stand with everybody in this building and say that, I’m sorry.”
As cool as it is to see teenagers around the country moved to action by repeated attacks on schools, it also reveals how absolutely broken and pathetic our political system is.
A senior from Marjory Stoneman Douglas asked Rubio why the hell high schoolers are the ones advocating for change and effectively doing Rubio’s job for him:
“We would like to know why do we have to be the ones to do this? Why do we have to speak out to the [state] Capitol? Why do we have to march on Washington, just to save innocent lives?”
Marjory Stoneman Douglas senior Ryan Deitsch asked Florida Sen. Marco Rubio why he and other students "have to march on Washington just to save innocent lives" https://t.co/rXpL971Ypr #StudentsStandUp pic.twitter.com/s8l35SEql1
— CNN (@CNN) February 22, 2018
In what was probably the climax of the entire evening, student Cameron Kasy asked Marco Rubio directly to his face if he would pledge to stop taking donations from the NRA.
Rubio’s face really says it all.
Student Cameron Kasky asks Marco Rubio whether he will pledge not to take any more NRA money pic.twitter.com/kJi1Tot2YT
— Axios (@axios) February 22, 2018
His answer to the question also reveals so much about Rubio as a politician:
“The answer is people buy into my agenda. And I do support the Second Amendment, and I support the things.”
People buy into my agenda! The things are good!
Once again, it’s great to see a high school student put Rubio on the spot like this, but the fact that it feels so rare or extraordinary to see a politician grilled in this manner also begs the question as to why we’re not generally more demanding of our politicians.
At one point Rubio seemed to misjudge the tenor of the room when he tried to make a point as he responded to calls for semi-automatic rifle bans by saying, “You would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle….” Surprisingly to Marco, the crowd erupted in cheers.
Rubio scores an own goal when he says the assault weapons ban "would literally ban every semi-automatic rifle that's sold in America" and the crowd erupts in cheers pic.twitter.com/VfIqxCloyo
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) February 22, 2018
You figured it out Marco!
This morning, conservatives have cooked up conspiracy theories, calling high school students far-left crisis actors and claiming that CNN scripted the entire thing. I won’t link any of that horseshit here, but you can easily go out there and find it and become deeply depressed about the state of our nation.
But the teens are undeniably very good. It’s hard to feel to positive about gun control or rifle bans, especially as our president is advocating for arming teachers and school employees with weapons.
But seeing the movement of teenagers across the country fighting for change is a beautiful thing. At a time when hope and positivity feels like naïveté, the teens are inspiring as hell.
Watching a teenager fundamentally challenge Rubio’s talking points feels like watching a generation call B.S. on a whole form of politics. For years, Rubio’s weakness has always been inauthenticity, but no journalist (including this one) has evoked it as vividly.
— Evan Osnos (@eosnos) February 22, 2018
Look at the gigantic crowd of teens at Union Station in DC headed to the US Capitol to protest. Wow. These kids are gonna save us all. #NeverAgain #BanMachineGuns https://t.co/tDjf0Kunan
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) February 21, 2018
REPLACE MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL WITH TEENS OWNING ELECTED OFFICIALS SO HARD THAT THEY CRY
— Dan Ozzi (@danozzi) February 22, 2018