Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has been tweeting out Bible verses lately, and it’s uncertain whether it’s because of a religious epiphany resulting in a sudden bout of piety or a long-term strategy of political expediency as he tries to stay in the good graces of the evangelical Christian Republican base.
Senator Rubio seems to be partial to the Book of Proverbs, having tweeted out several verses from that Old Testament book in the last few days.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 29, 2019
Through the blessing of the upright the city is exalted,
but through the mouth of the wicked it is overthrown.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 30, 2019
Given the subject matter of the verses that Rubio has chosen to post and the prominent news coverage of Donald Trump’s recent barrage of racist tweets, many observers wondered whether the Florida senator’s Tweets were a subtle jab at the man who beat Rubio in the 2016 Republican presidential primaries and went out of his way to hector the senator with derisive nicknames.
Speculation that Senator Rubio was trolling Trump increased tremendously today as the Senator tweeted a verse from Proverbs that seemed to be a pitch-perfect description of the current occupant of the White House.
There are 6 things the LORD hates,7 are an abomination;
-a lying tongue
-hands that shed innocent blood
-a heart that plots wicked schemes
-feet that are quick to run to evil
-the false witness who utters lies
-the one who sows discord among kindred.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) July 31, 2019
Rubio’s Twitter followers certainly thought that the Bible verses could only be meant to comment on the personality of Donald Trump as their replies to the tweet indicated.
I know I don't usually respond to Marco's scripture quotes but this one today so accurately captures the essence of Trump that I couldn't stop myself from pointing out the hypocrisy.
— Rob Chappell (@taffygeek) July 31, 2019
And lying political hacks pandering to evangelicals
— charlene bodies (@CBodies) July 31, 2019
So why do you remain a Republican, Little Marco? It's nice to quote the Bible, it's even better to live the life espoused by the Bible. Or your just another hypocrite.
— Michael A. Maynard (@mmaynard119) July 31, 2019
Whatever Rubio’s true motivation for his tweets, once Trump realizes that most people are interpreting the Senator’s posts as being critical of the president, no matter how obliquely, Rubio can expect a cold-shoulder at best from the Oval Office. At worst, expect a tweet from Trump directing his wrath Rubio’s way any minute now.