Sen. Marco Rubio just admitted that he won’t hold town halls with the constituents who elected him because he doesn’t have the guts to face people who “heckle and scream at me in front of cameras.”
Speaking to CBS4-Miami’s Jim DeFede on Sunday, Rubio confessed that he won’t schedule a town hall because liberals are mean and he’s a chicken.
They are not town halls anymore,” he whined. “What these groups really want is for me to schedule a public forum, they then organize three, four, five, six hundred liberal activists in the two counties or wherever I am in the state.”
According to the Florida Republican, it’s all just an elaborate plan to embarrass lawmakers in public. Rubio used protesting tips published by the new Indivisible movement as proof. He told DeFede that activists are told to arrive at townhalls early and “take up all the front seats. They spread themselves out. They ask questions. They all cheer when the questions are asked. They are instructed to boo no matter what answer I give. They are instructed to interrupt me if I go too long and start chanting things. Then, at the end, they are also told not to give up their microphone when they ask questions. It’s all in writing in this Indivisible document.”
Rubio said that he actually likes holding town halls — as long as they are attended only by people who like him, that is. However, he did concede that the angry constituents protesting at recent townhalls are “real people,” but said it just isn’t “productive.”
“These are real people. They are real liberal activists, and I respect their right to do it. But it is not a productive exercise,” Rubio said. “It’s all designed to have news coverage at night — look at all these angry people screaming at your senator.”
I have no problem justifying my views on these issues. The problem is they are not designed to have a productive engagement,” Rubio opined. “They are designed to heckle and scream at me in front of cameras so that Channel 4 and other networks and other stations at night will report.”
The senator also said that he wouldn’t change his stance on repealing Obamacare just because people show up at townhalls to beg him not to take away their healthcare. His reason? He won the election and the people who voted for him obviously wanted him to let sick people die.
“It would be unfair to the people that voted for me, many of whom voted for me because of my opposition to Obamacare, to now suddenly vote like the person I beat,” Rubio explained. “And so that’s what I intend to do, and in six years if people don’t agree with that and I run for reelection, they can vote against me.”
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