During a town hall discussion last night, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting survivor Cameron Casky asked Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) if he would stop accepting campaign donations from the NRA.
"Can you tell me right now that you will not accept a single donation from the NRA?" Casky asked Rubio. Amidst thunderous applause, Rubio issued a drawn-out, almost non-answer.
The video is below:
Florida school shooting survivor Cameron Kasky challenges Sen. Marco Rubio: "Can you tell me right now that you wil… https://t.co/9dmrN6EBen— CNN (@CNN) 1519268278.0
Many on social media immediately criticized Rubio.
@brandon_r_horan @CNN NRA money? Who said anything about NRA money.... https://t.co/Yr3j4wzvon— Ed Carmona 💬 (@Ed Carmona 💬) 1519268590.0
"People buy into my agenda, and I do support the second amendment," Rubio said. "And I do support the right of you and everyone here to be able to go to school and be safe."
@ejcrotty @dvgsecurity @mslonsky @CNN .@marcorubio mumbling to himself: Damned kid. The worst I’ve ever been humili… https://t.co/1zs3nCXNzO— Hung, (@Hung,) 1519278675.0
But Casky did not let up. Poised and focused, he asked if, "in the names of 17 people, you can't ask the NRA to keep the money out of your campaign?"What came next was stunning.
@CNN Wow these kids are cutting straight to the chase I bet Sen Rubio wishes he had stayed home tonight— Gloria Howder (@Gloria Howder) 1519268404.0
"I will always accept the help of anyone who agrees with my agenda," a visibly uncomfortable Rubio stated.
@realOBF @CNN He shouldn't take any money from the NRA— Teresa ❤️🇺🇸💙 (@Teresa ❤️🇺🇸💙) 1519269450.0
"You could say no," Casky quipped.
@CNN Rubio when asked if he wouldn’t accept bucks from NRA https://t.co/CyUUKMA8Lb— Brandon Horan (@Brandon Horan) 1519268363.0
In his response, Rubio also said that he believes "influence in these groups comes not from money. The influences come from the millions of people that agree with the agenda."
@CNN Did he seriously just say “influence does not come from money”? That’s one of the worst lies I’ve heard in a while.— brad (@brad) 1519269743.0
Rubio looked really uncomfortable the entire time, especially while uttering "one the worst lies I've heard in a while," Brad tweeted.
@dvgsecurity @CNN It's hard to contain the emotion when the red party sells out the country to line their wallets o… https://t.co/LavZ9TcrfQ— Wasteland Warrior (@Wasteland Warrior) 1519270089.0
Simply put, Rubio answered the question, but not in the way Casky or his colleagues would have liked. His words seem to be slowly orbiting a black hole of "no."
@MeMyselfKris @sballnana @CNN He never answered the question😒— A’ria (@A’ria) 1519269295.0
Although some people thought he answered the question.
@BSmithTweet @beardfollower @mslonsky @MeMyselfKris @iChooseHapi @sballnana @CNN Not sure what you guys listened to… https://t.co/VdJAiiS3TV— Dan Hepner (@Dan Hepner) 1519275241.0
Rubio made his intentions clear on "what his views on policies are. He's pro the 2nd amendment" Dan Hepner replied on Twitter.
@beardfollower @mslonsky @MeMyselfKris @iChooseHapi @sballnana @CNN As far as I can tell he intends to continue to… https://t.co/XpcWKIiddy— BSmith (@BSmith) 1519273164.0
Rubio clearly plans to "continue to fold to the NRA and take their donations as usual, as always," B Smith wrote.
@CNN Rubio: https://t.co/xhhKxn1u3I— Oval (@Oval) 1519280098.0
Rubio did however add that he supports lifting the age someone can buy a rifle from 18-21, something which Rubio claims the NRA is against. "I think it's the right thing to do," he said.
As White Ninja asked on Twitter, wasn't Rubio "sent to DC to support OUR agenda?"
@CNN WOW!!!— Sylvio Bellerose (@Sylvio Bellerose) 1519268765.0
Overall, though, it was a pretty rough night for Florida's junior Senator and possible future presidential candidate. Casky may very well have ended those dreams last night.
@CNN @MarcoCiappelli This is @marcorubio losing the 2020 election for POTUS. And yes, people "buy" into his agenda… https://t.co/fFj4LZI5vt— david ross (@david ross) 1519279159.0