If there’s one thing Republicans don’t like, it’s being confronted with the truth and backed into a corner where they’re being held accountable and forced to take responsibility for the havoc they cause in our society. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) found himself in such a position Tuesday night after a protester cornered him and demanded that he accept partial responsibility for the tragic mass shooting at LGBT club Pulse in Orlando last month.
Rubio had been visiting small businesses near the Pulse nightclub, the site where 49 people were gunned down just a few weeks ago. What Rubio didn’t know was that a group of approximately 30 protesters was also going to be there – one of them was David Moran, who was not afraid to call Rubio out for his part in the attack. Moran said:
I’m really angry at you. I don’t feel you’re doing anything to support the LGBTQ people. I need to know: what is your relationship is with the NRA? Why are you talking with transphobes and homophobes like John Stemberger? All of you have blood on your hands.
For those unfamiliar with the name, John Stemberger is the president of anti-gay hate group Florida Family Policy Council, who had also endorsed Rubio’s presidential campaign before the Senator dropped out.
Upon being exposed for his obvious hand in the mass shooting, Rubio was clearly uncomfortable with the confrontation, yet he was trapped and had to respond. Rubio stuttered through a particularly sh*tty denial:
I disagree with your assessment, including some of the people you mentioned. Homophobia means you’re scared of people. I’m not scared of people. Quite frankly, I respect all people. We probably have a disagreement on the definition of marriage.
But Moran was not letting it go and was annoyed that his question had been basically ignored. Moran continued to remind Rubio that there had been very serious consequences to the GOP’s inaction toward safer gun laws. He fired back:
Your policies kill people. Your policies enable people to be murdered.
Rubio’s response was nothing short of despicable, but pretty much what you could expect from a Republican. Visibly annoyed and possibly seconds away from losing his temper, Rubio replied, “Yeah, that’s an unfortunate thing for you to say.”
Moran pleaded for Rubio to take the matter seriously and tried to remind him of his responsibilities as a member of congress:
You have to protect us. You’re not protecting us. We’re going to be gunned down. You have blood on your hands, and you cannot deny it.
Rubio responded to that by turning his back on Moran (and American citizens) and called on another member of the press to change the subject.
What Moran did was heroic, and the GOP should constantly be reminded that their policies do in fact result in the loss of human life – which is pretty ironic for a party that considers itself so “pro-life.” You can watch Moran try to teach stubborn Rubio a lesson in ethics below:
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