Florida Republican Sen. Marco Rubio was called out for coded anti-Semitism after he bashed â€œupscale liberals controlling the mediaâ€ for the continued coverage of last yearâ€™s historic Jan. 6 insurrection.
Critics erupted after Rubioâ€™s tweet on Friday clearly evoked the anti-Semitic trope that Jews control the media as he griped that the insurrection wasnâ€™t like â€œPearl Harbor or 9/11.â€
â€œUpscale Liberals = Jews,â€ tweeted Rachel Vindman, wife to Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman who testified at Donald Trumpâ€™s impeachment trial about his strong-arming Ukraineâ€™s president in a bid to trigger an investigation into Joe Bidenâ€™s son Hunter.
â€œCome on, lilâ€™ Marco,â€ Rachel Vindman added, using Trumpâ€™s nickname for the Florida senator, â€œfly that race flag high! I hear your people are into that these days. Be LOUD and PROUD in your racism,â€ she urged sarcastically.
Fred Guttenberg, who lost his daughter, Jaime, in the 2018 mass shooting at Floridaâ€™s Parkland High School, echoed Vindman. â€œDonâ€™t hide behind your anti-Semitism, Marco,â€ he tweeted.
â€œAs for 9/11, my brother died because of it. The main difference is January 6th was a terror attack by Americans, invited by people like you,â€ Guttenberg added.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) didnâ€™t bash Rubio for anti-Semitism, but did disparage his comment about Pearl Harbor. â€œWhat happened to you, man?â€ he asked Rubio.
Some critics wondered why Rubio dramatically changed his perspective to be so dismissive of the Jan. 6 insurrection when he once blasted it as unpatriotic â€œanti-American anarchy.â€