With numerous protests spreading across the country, lawmakers have grown contentious as one side of the aisle blames the riots, lootings and burning on ANTIFA agitators (Anarchists) and the other aisle is wary of making accusations. In turn, Florida Senator Marco Rubio (R) took to Twitter to voice his frustration over the riots that have swarmed the United States, noting instances that he finds strange during the protests.
Sharing a tweet from Columbus Ohio Police, the Florida lawmaker noted that “police in Ohio found a bus near protests filled with bats, rocks & other weapons.” He questioned whether this meant that there was still “’no evidence’ of an organized effort to inject violence & anarchy into the protests.”
In a tele-press conference on Monday, Democratic lawmakers joined forces to speak on the importance of Republicans in the Senate to support the House’s HEROES Act, but the threat of ANTIFA quickly became a discussing point. Florida Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (D) expressed that the protests included individuals that weren’t present “to protest the death of George Floyd and to demand justice,” mentioning that they were only there with the goal of “destroying private property.”
Police in Ohio found a bus near protests filled with bats, rocks & other weapons. But I guess still “no evidence” of an organized effort to inject violence & anarchy into the protests right? https://t.co/NRR74Faym0
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 2, 2020
However, noting that she doesn’t “personally know any member of the ANTIFA movement here in our community,” she called for President Trump “to provide it especially to the judiciary committee as we conduct investigations” if he has any evidence.
As tensions run high between lawmakers and American citizens, the Florida Senator reaffirmed his stance on what needs to be done moving forward.
“The most important job of our government is to protect all Americans by providing law,order [sic] & equal justice,” he expressed.
He added that “this requires bringing to justice those responsible for Mr. Floyd’s murder,” and it also “requires bringing to an end the anarcy,violence [sic] & rioting by any lawful means necessary.”