Val Demings Had the Perfect Clapback After Rubio Called Her a 'Far Left Extremist'—and She Didn't Have to Say a Word
Since even before the nationwide protests against racist police brutality following the murder of George Floyd by Derek Chauvin, Republicans have leapt to characterize protests as riots and Democrats as radicals.
Much of the party's 2020 election cycle was spent slamming even moderate Democrats like now-President Joe Biden as socialists who wanted to abolish the police.
A champion of that rhetoric has been Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who claimed "every socialist is a Democrat." He's up for reelection in 2022, and is once again claiming any Democrat running against him is a "far left extremist."
Challenging Rubio is Democratic Congresswoman Val Demings, who announced her run for Senator earlier this week. Demings became a household name when she served as a House Manager in Trump's first Senate impeachment trial.
In a bizarre tweet, Rubio posted a two minute video lambasting the Congresswoman as a "do-nothing House member" and a radical Democrat.
No matter who wins the democratic Senate primary in #Florida my opponent will be a far left extremist #Sayfie… https://t.co/mdTi26a0kG— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1623240099.0
In the video, Rubio deployed the Republican talking point that Demings was hell-bent on defunding the police:
"While Congresswoman Demings was on TV calling plans to defund the police 'thoughtful' and describing a violent riot as a 'beautiful sight,' I was passing the VA Accountability Act to help our veterans."
Apparently Rubio forgot that Demings herself served as a police officer for more than two decades, and even became the chief of the Orlando Police Department.
Demings, however, reminded him with a single picture.
Twitter users hailed the clapback.
i only approve of trolling that is top notch 🔥 like this https://t.co/lCmXbFu6Ps— ehmkcee (@ehmkcee) 1623262057.0
This response blessed me. This is going to be a GREAT campaign! https://t.co/spwGLkfqua— Michele Rayner-Goolsby (She/They) (@Michele Rayner-Goolsby (She/They)) 1623295798.0
#FLSen is gonna be 🔥 this cycle https://t.co/Pn2dfExNc8— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1623273509.0
They were less kind to Rubio.
“...one bipartisan group named me the most effective Republican in the entire Senate.” Wow, congratulations on se… https://t.co/FFnzdh8gqH— Valerie Ernat (@Valerie Ernat) 1623288699.0
This man is a liar. He has the worst voting record in the Senate https://t.co/KBceSjiEUg— Old School Tom-Never give up-Antifa hates Fascist (@Old School Tom-Never give up-Antifa hates Fascist) 1623359900.0
Lol! It’s over folks. The Val Demings Senate run announcement has done more to trigger lil Marco Rubio than “Tiny H… https://t.co/MsIztveqq2— Gerald Hampton (@Gerald Hampton) 1623303669.0
The election will be held November 8 of next year.