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Sen. Marco Rubio: Hong Kong has US support to defend freedom and autonomy against Chinese aggression

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As tensions remain high in Hong Kong, the United States has just sent its clearest message yet to Beijing: we will lead the world in standing with the people of Hong Kong as they defend their long-cherished freedoms and autonomy against the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression.

In November, President Trump signed my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, giving the U.S. powerful new tools to deter Beijing’s growing interference and malign influence in Hong Kong’s affairs. President Trump’s decision follows the act’s near-unanimous, bipartisan passage in Congress.

One of the new tools enabled by the law is enhanced authority to allow the administration to sanction individuals responsible for some of the most egregious violations of the civil rights guaranteed to Hong Kongers: extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confession, as well as other infringements of human rights.

JAMES CARAFANO: WHAT HONG KONG UNREST TELLS US ABOUT CHINA’S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

Another requires the secretary of state to certify annually whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special status treatment under U.S. laws. The certification will include the secretary’s assessment of Hong Kong’s autonomy in government decision-making, law enforcement and extradition requests, universal suffrage, judicial independence, security functions, export controls, and sanctions enforcement.

These powers will help ensure that the people of Hong Kong are not subjected to the same oppressive laws that China inflicts upon the mainland and instead maintain the vital freedoms, like the independent political, judiciary, and economic systems that they are guaranteed under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

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It should come as no surprise that Beijing is not pleased with America’s strengthened posture, attacking the law as a “piece of waste paper” and “serious provocation against the entire Chinese people.” Hong Kong’s special economic status under the “one country, two systems” framework provides tremendous material riches to the Chinese Communist Party, so the threat of losing that capital flow is no doubt harrowing.

But that framework has also ingrained a distinct set of values — including a desire for basic civil rights and the rule of law — in the people of Hong Kong, leaving them with an increasingly separate cultural-political identity from the mainland.

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For Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Communist Party, this is unacceptable. It poses a threat to the central legitimacy of the regime, which is contingent on stability derived from ideological and cultural conformity.

Whether in Xinjiang, Tibet, or elsewhere, China has worked to squash what it sees as threats to that conformity and to sinicize disparate populations. Even if Beijing’s strategies differ individually case by case, we cannot allow them to apply the same general rulebook to the people of Hong Kong.

Worryingly, we’re starting to see signs of this. At Beijing’s behest, Hong Kong police and security forces are escalating their use of force to stamp out the city’s growing protest movement, yielding indiscriminate physical violence and extensive urban destruction.

Now multiple citizens of Hong Kong have tragically lost their lives amid the crackdown. Thousands more have been detained, and we have seen reports of others interrogated and tortured for their participation in the protests.

American policymakers too often fail to keep pace with the Chinese Communist Party because we underestimate their intentions and do not take them seriously. In recently leaked internal documents, Xi Jinping declared that China must use its “organs of dictatorship” in its “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism,” showing “absolutely no mercy” to those who threaten his regime. The party defines security by the absence of those threats at home and abroad, leaving us with no clear limits to the party’s ambition.

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To ensure balance and deter Chinese aggression, we must take these threats seriously — and be ready to act to defend our national interests, the God-given rights of all, and the rule of law.

Our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — and the powerful tools it has authorized — is an important step that demonstrates America’s unwavering commitment not only to the people of Hong Kong but also to establishing a balanced and sustainable long-term relationship with China.

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Sen. Marco Rubio: Hong Kong has US support to defend freedom and autonomy against Chinese aggression

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As tensions remain high in Hong Kong, the United States has just sent its clearest message yet to Beijing: we will lead the world in standing with the people of Hong Kong as they defend their long-cherished freedoms and autonomy against the Chinese Communist Party’s growing aggression.

In November, President Trump signed my Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act into law, giving the U.S. powerful new tools to deter Beijing’s growing interference and malign influence in Hong Kong’s affairs. President Trump’s decision follows the act’s near-unanimous, bipartisan passage in Congress.

One of the new tools enabled by the law is enhanced authority to allow the administration to sanction individuals responsible for some of the most egregious violations of the civil rights guaranteed to Hong Kongers: extrajudicial rendition, arbitrary detention, torture, and forced confession, as well as other infringements of human rights.

JAMES CARAFANO: WHAT HONG KONG UNREST TELLS US ABOUT CHINA’S PLANS FOR THE REST OF THE WORLD

Another requires the secretary of state to certify annually whether Hong Kong continues to warrant special status treatment under U.S. laws. The certification will include the secretary’s assessment of Hong Kong’s autonomy in government decision-making, law enforcement and extradition requests, universal suffrage, judicial independence, security functions, export controls, and sanctions enforcement.

These powers will help ensure that the people of Hong Kong are not subjected to the same oppressive laws that China inflicts upon the mainland and instead maintain the vital freedoms, like the independent political, judiciary, and economic systems that they are guaranteed under the 1984 Sino-British Joint Declaration and Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

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It should come as no surprise that Beijing is not pleased with America’s strengthened posture, attacking the law as a “piece of waste paper” and “serious provocation against the entire Chinese people.” Hong Kong’s special economic status under the “one country, two systems” framework provides tremendous material riches to the Chinese Communist Party, so the threat of losing that capital flow is no doubt harrowing.

But that framework has also ingrained a distinct set of values — including a desire for basic civil rights and the rule of law — in the people of Hong Kong, leaving them with an increasingly separate cultural-political identity from the mainland.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE OPINION NEWSLETTER

For Chinese President Xi Jinping and the rest of the Communist Party, this is unacceptable. It poses a threat to the central legitimacy of the regime, which is contingent on stability derived from ideological and cultural conformity.

Whether in Xinjiang, Tibet, or elsewhere, China has worked to squash what it sees as threats to that conformity and to sinicize disparate populations. Even if Beijing’s strategies differ individually case by case, we cannot allow them to apply the same general rulebook to the people of Hong Kong.

Worryingly, we’re starting to see signs of this. At Beijing’s behest, Hong Kong police and security forces are escalating their use of force to stamp out the city’s growing protest movement, yielding indiscriminate physical violence and extensive urban destruction.

Now multiple citizens of Hong Kong have tragically lost their lives amid the crackdown. Thousands more have been detained, and we have seen reports of others interrogated and tortured for their participation in the protests.

American policymakers too often fail to keep pace with the Chinese Communist Party because we underestimate their intentions and do not take them seriously. In recently leaked internal documents, Xi Jinping declared that China must use its “organs of dictatorship” in its “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism,” showing “absolutely no mercy” to those who threaten his regime. The party defines security by the absence of those threats at home and abroad, leaving us with no clear limits to the party’s ambition.

CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

To ensure balance and deter Chinese aggression, we must take these threats seriously — and be ready to act to defend our national interests, the God-given rights of all, and the rule of law.

Our Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act — and the powerful tools it has authorized — is an important step that demonstrates America’s unwavering commitment not only to the people of Hong Kong but also to establishing a balanced and sustainable long-term relationship with China.

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM SEN. MARCO RUBIO

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Turns out “Pierre Delecto” approved of various tweets criticizing Republicans in the Senate, and elsewhere

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A fun footnote to Jazz’s post earlier via Mediaite. I could understand Romney wanting a “burner account” on Twitter if he wanted to interact with people anonymously, instead of opening an official account and having every last thing he tweeted be the subject of news stories. But Romney hardly ever commented from his “Pierre Delecto” account. He appears to have used his account almost exclusively to read the tweets of the people he followed.

So why did he need a burner account? If all he wanted to do was lurk, he could have opened a personal Mitt Romney account and just used that without tweeting.

There was, however, one thing he did with the Pierre account that would have been awkward if he had done it with a Mitt account: He “liked” certain tweets posted by others. Not everyone uses the “like” function to signal that they really do like a particular tweet; many use it as a way to bookmark a tweet to which they might have reason to refer later. (Once you “like” a tweet, it appears in a separate “like” column on your account for handy reference going forward.) Romney, however, seems to have used the “like” function the way it was designed, to signal approval of or agreement with someone else’s view.

And here’s the thing: The “like” column attached to one’s account is visible to the world. Anyone can see which tweets you’ve liked.

Which is where things get interesting. Georgetown professor Don Moynihan sifted through some of Pierre Delecto’s “likes” yesterday afternoon during the few hours between the time the account was identified as likely belonging to Romney and the time that Romney made the account “private.” (Once an account goes private, everything about it apart from the username — tweets, “likes,” you name it — is invisible to all except those who already followed the account.) What Moynihan found is that Pierre wasn’t shy about approving of tweets that were critical of Republicans…

…including Republicans with whom he serves in the Senate:

The Rubio tweet is especially surprising since Marco was a surrogate for Romney 2012 and a shortlister for VP that year. But note the date of Scott Conroy’s tweet criticizing Rubio: October 4 of this year. That was the day Rubio was asked by reporters what he thought about Trump publicly nudging China to investigate the Bidens and humiliated himself by dismissing it as nothing more than presidential trolling aimed at getting a rise out of the media.

“Pierre” is plainly tired of the Trump apologists in his own caucus.

That’s the amazing thing of about all of these tweets, in fact — the dates. These aren’t years-old tweets griping about Trump or other Republicans from back when Romney was enjoying private life. He was “liking” complaints about GOP senators as recently as a few weeks ago, when he was a member of the Senate himself. Which raises the question: What the hell was Romney doing “liking” tweets from his burner account, given the obvious political trouble doing so might cause him if the account was ultimately traced to him?

Did he never ask one of his kids or grandkids, “Say, if I ‘like’ a tweet mocking Little Marco Rubio, can other Twitter users see that?” The prudent thing to do with an account set up to allow him to lurk was to do just that — lurk. No “liking,” no retweeting, no nothing. Just follow the people you want to follow and read their tweets in silence.

Meanwhile, Mitt’s longtime enemies are opportunistically piling on:

As many, many others noted on Twitter after Huck posted that, Trump’s infamous use of alter egos over the years to promote himself (in particular, his sex life) has never seemed to give Huck or his daughter a moment’s pause before defending the president at every turn.

Anyway. Whatever Pierre’s faults, let it be known that he has/had excellent taste in Twitter commentary:

Mike Lee is of course Romney’s Senate colleague from Utah. I’m intrigued to see that “Pierre” appears to have shared my chagrin about Lee’s callous support for abandoning the Kurds.

In lieu of an exit question, here’s Romney being pressed by Axios about his view of Trump.

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Rubio on Trump nudging China to investigate Biden: I think he’s just trolling you guys in the media

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One of the more pitiful soundbites of the Trump presidency. After all, not even Trump claims that he was joking yesterday when he nudged China yesterday to investigate the Bidens while standing on the White House lawn. Some Trumpers did use that excuse in 2016 when he called on Russia at a press conference to “find” Hillary’s emails, even though that was — at best — “kidding on the square.” But yesterday wasn’t a joke. It was part of Trump’s core defense of his Ukraine conduct: It’s not wrong to ask a foreign government to investigate a former U.S. official for corruption, even if that official just so happens to be leading the Democratic polls and even if he just so happens to be the only official you’ve asked about in two and a half years.

Why doesn’t Rubio just repeat that defense, however unconvincing it may be, instead of resorting to this “you got trolled lol” nonsense?

All I can think is that he’s a broken man at this point. Two and a half years of this circus have finally broken him.

Some people will tell you that Rubio still dreams of being president and that he’s doing what the Ted Cruzes and Josh Hawleys of the world are doing nowadays, pandering to Trump’s populist base and making excuses for the president as needed. I don’t see it. Rubio’s never been a populist and doesn’t go out of his way to pretend otherwise; the most he’ll do is crank out an op-ed now and then arguing unpersuasively that Trump-style nationalism and old-fashioned melting-pot pluralism are kinda sorta the same thing. I also doubt that he’s under any illusions about his viability as a national figure in a party that’s been conquered by white identity politics and a restrictionist view of immigration. Rubio didn’t even want to be a senator again, remember; he was prepared to step away from politics after his failed 2016 presidential campaign until McConnell and the party leadership begged him to run again. That’s not the hallmark of a 2024 hopeful.

So what’s the point of all this? No matter how much Trump ass he kisses, he’ll always be suspicious to populists thanks to his Gang of Eight membership and his hardcore interventionist foreign policy. I doubt he’d be the choice of moderate Republicans in 2024 either with Nikki Haley waiting in the wings to run. At this point he seems like a zombie senator, a guy who doesn’t want to be in Washington, doesn’t recognize the party around him, doesn’t respect its leader, doesn’t see a future for himself in it, but for some reason can’t muster the will to say any of that out loud. All he can do is mumble “lol nothing matters.”

Broken man. And not the first one on the Hill in the Trump era! I was reminded on Twitter that another broken man, Paul Ryan, once resorted to this same lame excuse when Trump was caught saying something he shouldn’t have.

The punchline is that I suspect Rubio’s post-Trump memoir will be one of the most fulsome in claiming how “troubled” he was by this entire period. Like Ryan, he’ll find his nerve to voice his concerns the moment it no longer matters.

Someone should ask him if he’s troubled by this. At this point, I’d be curious to hear his response:

A normal politician would balk at the idea that it’s impossible for a member of one party to credibly report misconduct by a member of the other, but a broken man who now believes “lol nothing matters” might lunge at it. Rubio’s top priority at this point is obviously just finding a way not to have to answer uncomfortable questions about Trump. Why not point to the fact that whistleblower is a Democrat as evidence that Trump has been framed, case closed? That would be marginally more convincing than “he was trolling about China and the Bidens.”

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Verbal MOAB: Watch as Marco Rubio Lays Waste to “Self Righteous Hypocrites” in the Media and Democratic Party

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After a week of mainstream media outlets and Democrats alike (but I repeat myself) demanding Republicans respond with the “appropriate” condemnation of Trump’s controversial “Squad” tweets from Sunday and the “send her back” crowd chant from a North Carolina Trump rally on Wednesday, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has had enough.

In a video posted to his Twitter feed on Thursday, Rubio talked about the media’s and left’s double standards when it comes to incendiary political comments and their demands for reactions. He also noted the media/left’s long history of falsely labeling Republican presidents and presidential candidates “racists” – including Republicans like Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) and the late Sen. John McCain (AZ), who they now claim to respect.

Fox News reports:

“So this is how it’s been working, the president says something and people cringe because you don’t like it, but then the other side- these left-wing politicians, people on the media, they go crazy with their outrage,” Rubio began his video message. “And they demand that you immediately answer what he said and answer the way they want you to answer.”

The Florida Republican then listed several examples of previous GOP presidents and presidential candidates like Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush, John McCain, Mitt Romney, who “these same people” called “racist.”

“These are the same people, by the way, who one of their members of Congress from their party says that support for Israel is ‘all about the Benjamins’ and they couldn’t even pass a resolution condemning anti-Semitism by itself, but it took them less than 72 hours to pass a resolution condemning the president of the United State’s tweet as racist,” Rubio said.

He continued, “The hypocrisy, the self-righteousness outrages people too. And on top of it, you have these members, who are all Americans… but they’re also political bullies. They go around attacking people, calling other Democrats just like southern segregationists, but when you hit them back, it’s ‘because they’re women of color.’”

He concluded by asserting that he wasn’t “playing this game anymore.”

Watch the full video of Rubio’s remarks below:

Rubio’s rant was on point. He’s right that the hypocrisy of Democrats when it comes to practicing what they preach is staggering. And the frequent “women of color” card-playing is absurd, ridiculous, and insulting. Or, as Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) would say, “a really cheap shot.”

Perhaps most annoying and troubling of all is how the mainstream media joins in on the Democratic chorus as they water down the definition of the word “racism” to mean “Republican who disagrees with a person of color”, or “Republican who responds to attacks from persons of color.” Or, more to the point, simply “Republican.”

It’s shameful they’ve done this to the word, because real racism unfortunately still exists and will always exist in some form or another. But the media/left’s degrading the meaning of the word have made it so that real victims of racism and racial attacks will be doubted more often than not.

It’s a shame, and we can thank Democrats and their media accomplices for steering the country in that direction.

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— Based in North Carolina, Sister Toldjah is a former liberal and a 15+ year veteran of blogging with an emphasis on media bias, social issues, and the culture wars. Read her Red State archives here. Connect with her on Twitter. –

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Rubio: I’m not going to leap to denounce Trump just because hypocritical progressive bullies like the Squad demand it

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A highly effective mini-rant here, although given Rubio’s differences with Trump it’s hard to know how much of it is from the heart and how much is a political calculation.

Is he on the level? Maybe, sure. Republican presidential candidates *do* always end up being attacked as racist whether they deserve it or not, just like he says. He’s also undeniably right that the media holds Republicans to a different standard than Democrats in demanding that they answer for the political sins of others on their side. I made that point myself a few days ago about the Antifa nut’s attack on an ICE facility in Washington. If a right-wing rando threw molotov cocktails at a government building, every Republican in Congress would be called upon to denounce it. Meanwhile, it took days for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to even be asked the obvious question of whether her “concentration camp” rhetoric is maybe egging on wackjobs to take up arms against immigration officials. And it took a right-wing outlet to ask that question.

He’s sort of right too about Democrats scrambling to condemn Trump for his tweets about the Squad with an official resolution but giving Ilhan Omar a pass when she accused AIPAC and its “Benjamins” of dominating U.S. policy on Israel. I say “sort of” because Pelosi did issue a statement of her own denouncing that, and the House did eventually pass a resolution condemning anti-semitism after Omar’s “dual loyalty” comments about American supporters of Israel — but without mentioning Omar by name, thanks to a progressive revolt on her behalf within the caucus. Trump didn’t get that same break about his love-it-or-leave-it tweets.

And of course he’s right as can be about Democrats finding various things about immigration policy objectionable now when they didn’t find them objectionable in 2014. And about the fact that the Squad is a bunch of JV demagogues prone to racial McCarthyism to shield themselves from criticism.

Marco ate his Wheaties here. But he’s also the guy who said this a few days before Super Tuesday 2016, when Trump finished him off in Florida. Watch for five minutes from where I’ve cued it up:

Rubio’s entire message about Trump during the primaries was that he was a fundamentally different and more sinister political animal than American presidential contests are used to. That clip is the most memorable single statement he made about it but he reiterated the point plenty of times in other contexts. Trump is a demagogue who’s prone to incitement, he said. We can’t have a figure that divisive in the White House. It’ll poison the country’s political culture. “If we’re the party of fear, with a candidate who basically is trying to prey upon people’s fears to get them to vote for them,” he said a few days after this clip in 2016, “I think we’re going to pay a big price in November and beyond.” He was wrong about paying a price that November but the jury’s out on the “beyond” part. The point is that his belief that political leaders have a duty to bring people together was a core part of his campaign, really the source of his visceral objection to Trump. And now here we are a few days removed from Trump’s “go back where you came from” tweets aimed at a group of minority congresswomen, and instead of doing an “I told you so” video, Rubio’s complaining that…

…Trump’s not that much different from Mitt Romney or John McCain. And certainly no worse than the Squad, never mind the presidency’s singular role in the culture.

That’s some reversal. Maybe Marco’s changed his mind? Or maybe he’s decided there’s no national future for him if he tells Republicans, correctly, “I told you so.” If you want a national future in 2019, you cut an anti-anti-Trump clip like the one up top and warn the media that you’ll no longer dignify further questions about the slow cultural poisoning that’s happening around you with an answer. Anthony Scaramucci called Trump’s tweets about the Squad racist and got himself disinvited from the Florida Republican Party’s next fundraiser. I bet Rubio’s still invited.

What we’re seeing here, I think, is a man who’s not yet ready to let go of his presidential dream but who’ll also never be comfortable shilling for Trump with the enthusiasm required to truly ingratiate himself to populists, a la Lindsey Graham. It’s why Rubio always seems to have a lump in his throat when talking about the president. Even his attempts to reconcile his own ideology with Trump’s seem half-hearted:

That’s not “authentic” American nationalism, buddy. Authentic American nationalism is a crowd of people hooting “send her back” at a Muslim refugee who became a U.S. citizen and then a member of Congress because they don’t like her politics. Authentic nationalism is tribalism in patriotic finery, the opposite of the sort of pluralism Rubio believes in. But then, he’s tried to square this circle before. It wasn’t convincing then and it isn’t convincing now and it won’t be convincing in the future, but there’s little alternative. For now. Once Trump’s finally out of office, if the political climate allows it, he’ll be at the front of the “I never liked him” parade.

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CNN Calls Trump a Racist for Controversial Tweet, then CNN Contributor Does the Exact Same Thing

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Whenever Trump does something that the left proclaims is an affront to civility, you can probably just count the minutes until the left does the exact same thing in an effort to “clapback.”

Take, for instance, Anna Navarro. Navarro is one of a multitude of leftists who found Trump’s comments racist, xenophobic, and whatever accusation you want to throw at it.

In her moment of self-righteousness, Navarro decided then that now was the time to turn it around on Republicans because, somehow, using the same arguments that Trump use except on Republicans somehow makes Trump’s “racist” comments okay now.

“If we’re going to start sending people back. I don’t know. You know, listen, Ted Cruz was born in Canada. Marco Rubio’s parents were born in Cuba,” said Navarro during a segment on CNN. “Melania Trump was born where? Slovenia. How about her parents who are here through family immigration?”

As I expressed in an earlier article on Monday, Trump’s tweet had it’s issues, but it wasn’t racist. Also, contrary to Navarro’s rant here, Trump also made it clear that he wasn’t sending these women back to these countries permanently, as if that’s where they belong. He said that they should go there, solve the problems in those countries, then come back here. The point, while mired in unnecessary verbiage, can be easily gleaned. Trump is saying that if they hate this country so much, then how about they spend time in countries that actually do have the problems these women claim they do.

It’s likely that most of the left hasn’t even actually read Trump’s tweet, or at least have and did some mental gymnastics in order to arrive at the conclusion that it is about race and not appreciating America.

Regardless, Navarro is 110 percent certain that Trump is advocating that these women be sent back to the countries of their origin and, in order to own the cons, turned it around and promoted the idea that other leaders with foreign backgrounds should be deported too.

Let me point out the obvious here, just in case some of my left-leaning readers are missing it. Trump didn’t advocate for sending these women back to a country permanently, just to fix the problems that these countries have. Navarro did.

Not that it matters anyway. Melania, Rubio, and Cruz aren’t complaining about how horrible the United States is. They don’t need to be sent anywhere to see how horrible things are in order to appreciate what’s going on here in America.

Despite that fact, Rubio is actually willing to go to Venezuela in order to flex on the despotic socialistic leaders a bit because he understands how good things can be here in America, and even threatened the leaders at their own border not to stop humanitarian aid from reaching the people. Is Omar doing that in Somalia? Probably not, because women aren’t exactly respected there.

Was Trump’s tweet bad? It definitely has it’s issues. Was it racist? No, it wasn’t. Navarro, without knowing it, played herself here by turning a perceived racist meaning in Trump’s tweet and essentially advocating the very thing she just classified as racist.

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Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are

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We’re only a few precious weeks into the summer, but while normal people have already taken the opportunity to ditch their phones and relax by the pool, go on vacation, and/or do other types of outdoorsy things they enjoy, the online outrage machine hasn’t stopped. In fact, it has been cranked up into even higher gears than normal.

The latest example comes from the liberal fauxtrage machine in response to the news that Home Depot’s co-founder announced he would be supporting President Trump’s reelection campaign:

Home Depot shoppers have been threatening to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in a recent interview that he’d be donating to President Trump’s re-election bid.

“Never shopping @HomeDepot again,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Cutting up my card,” another said.

Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, has been a vocal Trump supporter in the past — despite not always agreeing with him.

“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, which has been making the rounds on social media.

Between the Home Depot boycott, Nike’s absurd decision not to sell the Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe, a Tempe, AZ Starbucks kicking out police officers, the disturbing Blue Bell ice cream licking incidents, and others, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked the same question Monday many of us are wondering about:

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We are living in some incredibly crazy times.

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Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are

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We’re only a few precious weeks into the summer, but while normal people have already taken the opportunity to ditch their phones and relax by the pool, go on vacation, and/or do other types of outdoorsy things they enjoy, the online outrage machine hasn’t stopped. In fact, it has been cranked up into even higher gears than normal.

The latest example comes from the liberal fauxtrage machine in response to the news that Home Depot’s co-founder announced he would be supporting President Trump’s reelection campaign:

Home Depot shoppers have been threatening to boycott the store after its co-founder, Bernie Marcus, revealed in a recent interview that he’d be donating to President Trump’s re-election bid.

“Never shopping @HomeDepot again,” wrote one Twitter user.

“Cutting up my card,” another said.

Marcus, who retired from Home Depot in 2002, has been a vocal Trump supporter in the past — despite not always agreeing with him.

“He’s got a businessman’s common sense approach to most things,” Marcus told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in a recent interview, which has been making the rounds on social media.

Between the Home Depot boycott, Nike’s absurd decision not to sell the Betsy Ross flag-themed shoe, a Tempe, AZ Starbucks kicking out police officers, the disturbing Blue Bell ice cream licking incidents, and others, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) asked the same question Monday many of us are wondering about:

I was asking myself the same thing after finding out this week that air conditioning is sexist. Westlake Legal Group 1f609 Summer of Crazy: Marco Rubio Recaps the Past Week of Nuttiness and Wonders the Same Thing We All Are washington D.C. Starbucks Social Media republicans Politics North Carolina Media Marco Rubio home depot Front Page Stories Front Page Florida Featured Story Featured Post democrats Culture Congress Blue Bell Ice Cream Betsy Ross Flag Allow Media Exception

We are living in some incredibly crazy times.

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Rubio Humorously Sets the Record Straight After Sneering NYT Journo Said It Was “Strange” to See Him at Trump Rally

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President Donald Trump officially launched his 2020 reelection campaign last night at a rally in Orlando, Florida. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) was at the rally and posted several pictures on social media of the crowd as well as a videos of VP Mike Pence and Trump speaking.

This did not sit will with New York Times journalist Michael Barbaro, who took to the Twitter machine to sneer at the Senator’s attendance. Here’s what he tweeted:

Barbaro, you may recall, was the journalist who helped “expose” Rubio’s wife’s traffic tickets in 2015 and the Senator’s “luxury speedboat” that was actually a fishing boat, and pondered Rubio’s “fashionable” black boots with a higher heel in 2016.

Rubio noticed Barbaro’s tweet and clapped back at him in a series of tweets:

As Fox News correctly notes, Rubio and Trump were constantly at odds and sniping at each other as competitors for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. But now that Trump is president, both have settled into a mostly collegial working relationship.

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