Senator Marco Rubio’s night started off just fine on Wednesday, at a town hall event with the community of Parkland, Florida, the same town ravaged by the deaths of 17 students last week.
But, after giving his opening speech, Senator Rubio was asked a question by a grieving father, whose 14-year-old daughter was murdered that fateful day.
Let’s just say, Rubio’s night took a turn for the worse after this.
“Senator Rubio, I want to like you, but your comments this week and those from the president have been pathetically weak!”
That was only the start, though. The crowd just couldn’t get enough of this man tearing into Rubio.
“Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids in school this week, and look me in the eye and tell me you will do something about guns!”
He got everyone on their feet.
Father of Florida school shooting victim confronts Sen. Marco Rubio: “Your comments this week and those of our President have been pathetically weak” https://t.co/XnIEJXVJyP #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/PuZpR3MS0L
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 22, 2018
Sen. Marco Rubio is confronted by Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter was killed in the Parkland shooting: “Look at me and tell me guns were the factor in the hunting of our kids … and you will work with us to do something about guns” #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/01pK5nlkXA
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) February 22, 2018
Here’s more of the transcript:
“My daughter running down the hallway at Stoneman Douglas, was shot in the back with an assault weapon. It is too easy to get. It is a weapon of war. The fact that you can’t stand with everyone else, I’m sorry!”
Father who lost his daughter in the Parkland shooting presses Marco Rubio on assault weapons ban pic.twitter.com/8PE9pzJAZe
— Axios (@axios) February 22, 2018
Here was Senator Rubio’s opening line when he first addressed the crowd. While it was a great speech, it was short-lived. People in Parkland want answers, not just nice speeches.
Sen. Marco Rubio: “I think all of us would like to see action, but I want to tell you what we’re going to struggle with. We are a nation of people that no longer speak to each other.” https://t.co/1nSoN8PBl6 #StudentsStandUp https://t.co/bFe5KI8lGp
— CNN International (@cnni) February 22, 2018