‘Are you filming this?’ Rubio lays waste to activist blasting Israel over ‘vicious animals’ in Hamas

It’s rare these days that Sen. Marco Rubio’s voice is as loud and clear as it was on Thursday when the Republican senator from Florida was asked if he’d join in the call for a ceasefire in Gaza — the incident representing a welcome change.

Rubio was confronted in the halls of Congress by the radical left anti-war group Code Pink —  the self-described “feminist grassroots organization working to end U.S. warfare and imperialism” that has been oddly hushed about the war in Ukraine — and asked if he would call for a ceasefire. The senator took the extra measure to ensure he was being recorded before offering his response.

“No, I will not,” Rubio replied, “on the contrary.”

“Are you filming this? I want you guys to get this: I want them to destroy every element of Hamas they can get their hands on. These people are vicious animals who did horrifying crimes, and I hope you guys post that,” he added, stepping right up to the person recording the exchange.

Seizing the moral high ground that’s seldom extended to Israel, Code Pink cofounder Medea Benjamin followed up by asking, “And what about the civilians who are being killed every day?”

“I blame Hamas. Hamas should stop hiding behind civilians, putting civilians in the way,” Rubio said. “Hamas knew that this was going to lead to this. Hamas has to stop building their military installations underneath hospitals.”

Benjamin followed up on her quest for a desired soundbite by regurgitating Hamas talking points that are frequently proven wrong: “So you don’t care that 15,000 dies? You don’t care about the babies getting killed every day?”

“Absolutely I do,” Rubio replied. “I think it’s horrifying, and I think Hamas is 100% to blame. That’s what I think, make sure you post that.”

In sharing the video footage online, Benjamin betrayed her pro-Palestinian stance: “We encountered Senator Rubio today. He wants Israel to keep bombing Gaza until ‘they destroy every element of Hamas.’ He doesn’t get it: Bombing creates MORE resistance. There will never be peace in Israel until there is justice for Palestinians.”

Not too confident that his remarks would see the light of day, Rubio took the extra step of ensuring that his message was heard loud and clear by posting an audio recording of the exchange on social media:

Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from X, beginning with U.S. Rep. Chip Roy (R-Texas) sharing the footage while offering Rubio kudos:

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