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ICYMI: Rubio Joins Hannity
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined Hannity to discuss Supreme Court protests, January 6th public hearings, and more. See below for highlights and watch the full interview here.
On the severity and risk of protesting outside of Supreme Court justices homes:
“I have a terrible feeling about this. I think this is headed in a very dangerous direction. … This is a country of 331 million people. You have people out there basically saying that these members of the Supreme Court are equivalent to the Ku Klux Klan, to Nazis. You’ve had some [people] sort of saying burn the place down. 331 million people, it only takes a couple of them to look at that and say, ‘Well, if these people are that evil, the next step is to just take them out.’ That’s just the Supreme Court justices, not to mention we’ve got hundreds of members of Congress that don’t have US Marshals outside their home. We want to thank the US Marshals for the role they played, or we would be having a very different day here today in Washington.
“This is an incredibly serious thing. This is not the only guy in America with these thoughts in his head. I have a very bad feeling about the direction this goes on either side. I’m not in favor of this happening to anybody, I don’t think. I don’t want protesters showing up outside the house of Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer or anybody else. I think there’s a time, place, and manner for free speech to be regulated. You can say whatever you want, but there’s got to be some limits to it. In this particular case, it’s illegal because these are judges that these people are trying to intimidate to make a decision that they want in a court case.”
On the threat of protesting to intimidate Supreme Court justices:
“There’s only one reason for protesters to show up outside the home of a public figure and that is to send them a clear message: we know where you live. Maybe there’s 100 people there and not a single one of those 100 people are going to hurt anybody. But…someone’s watching, someone’s taking down notes on the internet of where this person lives, and that one deranged person is going to show up at the house of someone and eventually harm them.
“This is an unfortunate trend that we’re now seeing. It’s a very, very dangerous one. We should not be playing with this. We are playing with fire. I’m not saying this guy wouldn’t have done this anyway if he’s truly as deranged as he appears to be. My point is that when you’re encouraging this, when you’re calling your political opponents people that have blood on their hands, people that are the same as the Ku Klux Klan, that are coming to rip your rights from you, you’re going to have some people take some pretty violent, dramatic, and dangerous actions. And that’s what was averted, thank God. But I don’t think we’ve seen the last of this, unfortunately.”
On the upcoming prime time hearings about January 6:
“From day one, I have said that if people committed crimes on that day, they should be prosecuted and convicted by a jury. And that’s what’s happening.
“[But these hearings are] a Hollywood paid political advertisement. They hired a producer to put this thing on…. But here’s what [the hearings are saying]. It says that if you’re a member of Congress and something terrible happens here on the Capitol grounds, like what happened on that day, they’re going to put a fence up — they won’t do that for our country, but they’ll put a fence up. They still have metal detectors in the House chamber so members have to go through these metal detectors. They’ll do all these extraordinary things and mobilize the National Guard, but if you’re among the hundreds of small businesses that got burned to the ground [during the summer 2020 riots], the people that were killed, the people that were harassed, the people that suffer[ed] from that, well then we don’t care about that. That, we’re going to condone. That, we’re going to excuse. That, we’re going to have a now vice president raise money to bail people out of jail. Now we’re going to have prosecutors that refuse to prosecute [the perpetrators]. And by the way, it doesn’t matter if you torched a police car, killed a security guard, did whatever you [did] — that’s not as big a deal. It doesn’t matter as much. And if you call out the National Guard or U.S. Marshals or anybody else, that’s nothing but the Gestapo.
“That’s their attitude. It reveals hypocrisy. And the good news is people see it for what it is.”
On what should be examined from the events of January 6th:
“[If] this was a real Congressional hearing, and not a kangaroo court, not a circus, not a made for TV production, and an infomercial for their political purposes, those are the questions [the January 6th Committee] would be asking. … It would be a review of why didn’t Capitol Police [or] the Sergeant at Arms take advantage of these resources that were available? That’s what you would be focused on. But they’re not going to be focused on that.
“They moved this thing to prime time. They hired a producer to put it on. This is not a fact finding mission. This is a two hour, free documentary sponsored by virtually every major network in America — except for [Fox News] — that’s willing to give it airtime. The only good thing about it is most Americans aren’t going to watch this garbage. People already know what happened that day.”