Marco Rubio faces backlash over ‘hypocritical’ and ‘insensitive’ comment about Covid rules

Yasemin Craggs Mersinoglu
Monday 21 December 2020 12:08
Marco Rubio’s Chatham House speech received applause; but can he convince fellow Republicans?(Getty Images)

US Senator Marco Rubio sparked a backlash after claiming “people are tired of being told they have to stay home” when he has already received a Covid vaccine.

The Republican representative from Florida shared a photo of himself being vaccinated on Saturday.

The next day he tweeted that the public were fed up of being instructed to remain at home, and not being able to work or open their businesses, “by people who break their own rules and haven’t missed a paycheck.”

Social media users were angry that he was vaccinated ahead of frontline workers and also pointed out the high death toll in his home state and across the US.

Some also claimed more economic support for workers and small-businesses was needed to enable people to safely stay at home.

In response to Rubio’s latest tweet, Juan Escalante accused him of “shrugging off 300,000 deaths” after the senator has himself been given a vaccine. 

Others on the platform agreed.

More than 20,000 people in Florida have died as a result of coronavirus this year and the national death toll has now passed 300,000. 

Actor Patricia Arquette also replied to the senator asking for financial support for people to quarantine. 

Representative Anna Eskamani, who was re-elected to serve the Florida House District 47 this year, shared a similar sentiment.

Rubio did not respond to any of the replies to his tweet.