Like many of his fellow Republican lawmakers, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has frequently downplayed the virus that's killed over 300 thousand Americans and completely upended daily life in the United States.
Rubio has criticized Democrats in the past for calling attention to the Trump administration's mishandling of the response to the pandemic while speaking at packed Trump campaign events, the likes of which led to 30 thousand cases of the virus.
Members of Congress were among the first to be administered one of the new vaccines for the virus, along with healthcare workers, and Rubio received the vaccine earlier this month.
He tweeted about the vaccine and encouraged others to take it when it became available to them.
Now, Rubio is facing backlash for a recent tweet slamming National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci, a key member of the White House virus response task force, accusing Fauci of "lying" about the effectiveness of mask wearing and about the level of vaccination needed to achieve herd immunity.
The United States Senator accused Fauci of being in an elite bubble.
In the early stages of the pandemic, medical experts—including Fauci—advised against wearing masks for those not treating patients infected with the virus. This was before the Centers for Disease Control updated its guidelines after seeing the degree to which asymptomatic carriers spread the virus, prompting them to call for mask wearing in public.
Rubio has rarely, if ever, called out President Donald Trump's rampant disinformation regarding the wearing of masks and other aspects of the pandemic.
Rubio's tweet was met with widespread criticism for its hypocrisy.
They called out the Senator's failure to rebuke Trump for his frequent lies about the virus.
Doses of the vaccine continue to be administered across the nation, but it will likely be months before its widely available to every American.