Rubio Scolds Media For Making A 'Big Deal' Over Biden 'President-Elect' Remarks

Rubio Scolds Media For Making A 'Big Deal' Over Biden 'President-Elect' Remarks

Mona Salama
Mona Salama
November 17, 2020

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) rebuked the mainstream media for making such a "big deal" with its headlines that he references Joe Biden as the "president-elect," calling it "little games that they play" in politics as he emphasized in letting "the system play out" while President Trump currently has legal challenge playing out in key battleground states.

The Florida Senator joined the Guy Benson Show on Tuesday in a wide-ranging interview and was asked to clear up the headline "stir" caused by a comment Rubio made when he called Biden the "president-elect." Reporters quickly jumped on the remarks while making fallacious claims that Rubio has now joined a handful of GOP Senators in acknowledging "reality."

"When you refer to the former Vice President, as the President-elect, what was the thought process behind that just from your perspective," host Guy Benson asked Rubio.

"Walking in an elevator reporter asked me a question… his question was, President Biden or Biden nominates him and I said that's a decision for him to make and I referred to him the way they refer to him but it wasn't like a statement of any time," Rubio said. "Look I believe this, I believe the President of the United States has the same rights as any candidate running for office to avail himself of all the rights that come with election law just like Stacey Abrams did. She went … federal court, and to this day still claims she won the race in Georgia."

On Monday, the Florida Senator was asked about reports saying Independent Maine Sen. Angus King is being considered to be the next Director of National Intelligence under a possible Biden administration.

"Well, that'll be the president-elect's decision obviously," Rubio responded.

When pressed about his reference to Biden as the "president-elect," Rubio explained that is it based on "the preliminary results" that indicate the "highest likelihood at this point," adding that things can changes as Trump is currently pursuing legal challenges.

"Ultimately that's what the results, the preliminary results, seem to indicate. You certainly have to anticipate if that's the highest likelihood at this point," Rubio said. "But obviously the president has legal claims in court and he'll continue to pursue those, and if that changes, obviously, it'll be something we'll have to deal with."

Rubio said he supports President Trump's ongoing efforts to look into allegations, pursue litigation, and request, asserting it is his right to do so for election integrity. He referenced recent incidents that emerged based on the Trump campaign push in going forward with its legal battle including votes that weren't originally counted in Georgia overall tally and the political bias in Pennsylvania with Republican poll workers when they attempted weeks ago to observe mail-in ballot count, a clear violation under the equal protection claims.

"So my argument the entire time has always been, at a minimum we should want this to happen because it’s the law, and we are a nation of law and order, and because that’s how you get public confidence," Rubio stated. "There's no doubt that there were things that happened." 

He added, "I say, just let the system play itself out and everything else is just little games that they play. That's what it is, It's a game in politics, 'Oh you said this,' so I'm going to run a headline and make it a big deal. This all worked out the way it has for over 200 years in this republic."

Mona Salama

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