September 26, 2023

Marco Rubio faces Twitter scorn for his criticism of Georgia senate candidate’s religious beliefs

For someone who regularly posts random bible verses on Twitter in a bizarre and hypocritical form of virtue signaling, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) seems fairly disconnected from the actual tenets of the Christianity he espouses publicly to burnish his evangelical bona fides.

The man who ranted on about the supposed attacks on Catholicism when Amy Coney Barrett’s ties to an extremist charismatic religious cult were being assailed during her confirmation hearings is now attacking the faith of another man who wishes to join him in the Senate, Georgia Democratic candidate Raphael Warnock.

This morning, Rubio tweeted an excerpt of a speech that Warnock, the senior pastor of Atlanta’s renowned Ebenezer Baptist Church, gave that emphasized a fairly central assertion in the dogma of most Christian faiths: that the primacy of God’s law outweighs the man-made demands of secular society.

Rubio twisted the meaning of Warnock’s message in a transparent attempt to sway voters in the January senatorial runoff election in Georgia that will decide how the balance of power in the U.S. Senate plays out.

It is an interestingly hypocritical interpretation of Warnock’s words, particularly from someone who regularly makes his piety public in his selective Bible-quoting tweets and who posted this tweet decrying the critique of politicians who display their dedication to their faith.

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Unsurprisingly, Senator Rubio’s readers on social media were quick to notify him of the depths of his slimy, self-serving hypocrisy.

Senator Rubio knows that the audience that his tweet is aimed at likely won’t care about the inherent intellectual dishonesty of his critique of a Black pastor running as a Democratic candidate for the Senate.

Those who are outraged by such underhanded and insincere political tactics can best send Senator Rubio a message by doing everything that they can to help Reverend Warnock and the other Georgia senatorial candidate Jon Ossoff win their runoff elections in January, either by voting, if you live in Georgia, or by volunteering for and/or contributing to their campaigns if you are an out of state resident.

There is no better cure for hypocrisy than demonstrating that it will have a negative effect on the electoral prospects of those who employ it and the candidates that they support.

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Vinnie Longobardo

is the Managing Editor of Washington Press and a 35-year veteran of the TV, mobile, & internet industries, specializing in start-ups and the international media business. His passions are politics, music, and art.