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ICYMI: Rubio Joins the Brian Kilmeade Show

May 6, 2024 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined the Brian Kilmeade Show on Fox News Radio to discuss Blinken’s request for the Israeli Defense Forces to not enter Rafah, the humanitarian aid sent to Gaza, and the Democrats’ inability to convey their stance on when abortion should be illegal. See below for highlights and listen to the full interview here.

On Blinken’s request for the Israeli Defense Forces to not enter Rafah:

“This is equivalent to saying to the Russians, the Americans, and allied forces in World War Two, ‘Stop at the outskirts of Berlin’. ‘Don’t go in’. ‘We know Adolf Hitler’s in a bunker’. ‘We know that he has a gun in his mouth’. ‘We know that, but don’t go in after Hitler’. ‘Don’t go destroy Berlin’. That’s what they’re basically asking Netanyahu and the Israelis to do and understand who the opponent is here. This is not some dispute over border lines, like, ‘What’s Gaza? What’s Israel?’ and how do you divide it?’ This is a group that basically has an organizational purpose. The reason why Hamas exists is to drive every Jew out of what we know as Israel, to drive them out from ‘The river to the sea’. They want no Jews in that area and the destruction of the Jewish state. So, you are facing an opponent not only that is committed to your destruction, but its very reason for existence is your destruction. Who, just six months ago, came across and broke down some fences, walls, barbed wire and came in with these hang gliders and raped, pillaged, murdered, kidnapped, and took hostages.

“I mean, over 1,200 to 1,300 people killed. How are you supposed to react to this group? And now they’re holed up in one small part of Gaza, and it’s time to finish them off. That’s where their top two leaders are as an example. And not only do we have the administration saying we won’t support you, we have the administration saying we will undermine you if you go do this. I mean, there are reports this morning that Biden is holding back on ammunition and on providing them weaponry. I mean, this is unprecedented. So, they can talk all they want, but they are basically doing what these campus protesters are demanding, which is: the U.S. not supporting Israel and going in after the scoop. And I think it’s terrible that Hamas hides behind civilians. They are hiding behind a ring of human shields and I think this is a terrible thing. But people talk about humanitarian aid. Hamas just just mortar bombed and attacked a border crossing where they were allowing humanitarian aid to come in. Where’s the condemnation for that? Where’s the global outrage over that?”

On the humanitarian aid sent to Gaza: 

“Israel is allowing it in, but this humanitarian aid is not being distributed. It’s being sold. People in Gaza now have to go and buy humanitarian aid from markets. Why? Because Hamas gets their hands on it, and then they use it to get people to pay the money, whatever money they get or have, so they can raise money for themselves. So Hamas will basically take the humanitarian aid, take the stuff they need for themselves. You think there’s any hunger going on for Sinwar or any of the other leaders of Hamas? These guys have food. These guys have propane tanks. They have fuel. They have everything they need. And then whatever’s left over, they sell it in the marketplace to the population. That’s what’s happening. Knowing all of this, Israel has still allowed humanitarian aid to come in, and now the humanitarian aid corridor is being bombed by Hamas. So you continue to see people that are out there, you know, tearing their garments, publicly condemning Israel? Where are the protests against Hamas for doing that? They’re not happening. Why?”

On Jordanian queen, Rania Al Abdullah’s anti-Israel remarks:

“Look, I don’t agree with the word she said. She is of Palestinian descent. No doubt. Jordan is about 70 percent Palestinian. The king is not Palestinian. And the biggest fear they have is a popular uprising inside of Jordan that undermines, threatens and overthrows the kingdom and that radical jihadists take over. I think internally they’re trying to manage that dynamic. So, they speak out as a way to sort of try to manage it. Unfortunately, in geopolitics, there has to be some flexibility in that regard, but I think it’s important for an audience to know where this is coming from at the end of the day, because Jordan, tomorrow could say we open our borders and any Palestinian refugee that wants to come to Jordan can come. They’re not doing that. The Egyptians are not doing that. On the contrary, the Egyptians are saying not a single Palestinian refugee will be allowed into the Sinai across their border. So, these governments have their internal politics that they have to manage.

“Jordan is important. We don’t want the king to be overthrown. And I think everyone sort of in on what this is all about and what this means. Obviously, I don’t agree with the words she’s saying. I think it’s terrible. I don’t know anyone who thinks it’s good that these civilians are dying. But the question is, whose fault is it? Israel’s not targeting civilians. Israel’s not saying, ‘Let’s go out and kill as many civilians as we can’. On the contrary, Israel has taken more steps to prevent civilian loss of life than the U.S. took in Iraq or Afghanistan. It’s one of the reasons why this thing’s taken so long, and I think it’s good that they’ve done that. But let’s be clear, the reason why these civilians are dying is because Hamas is stationing itself in places where there are civilians. In hospitals, schools,  and they even put hostages around them to protect themselves, too. So that’s why this is happening, and that’s what people need to be condemning.”

On Democrats’ inability to convey their stance on when abortion should be illegal:

“Under Roe v Wade, we had states in this country where partial birth abortion was not just allowed, it was defended. I think, as part of the same interview that Congressman Himes said that there are medically necessary reasons for basically partially delivering a baby from the womb already fully viable, and then shoving scissors into their skull and killing them and sucking out their brain, and when we [Republicans] tried to ban that practice when Roe v Wade was still law, Democrats voted against it. 

“Tell them to come out and say, at what point [they think] should an abortion not be legal? Should it be legal to have abortions? Should there be restrictions on abortions once, for example, the unborn child can feel pain, and you clearly see them sort of fighting against and resisting the tools that are used to basically burn them alive in the womb? What is the point at which abortion should not be allowed? Is it 15 weeks? Is it 21 weeks? Is it 25 weeks? They will never tell you a date. They hide behind this term ‘viability.’ Where [Democrats] will tell you is ‘except,’ and then they’ll come up with all these circumstances. So the truth of the matter is that they should say, what’s the week?

“Roe v Wade said you couldn’t restrict abortions before the point of viability. It didn’t say you couldn’t allow them after the point of viability. There are many states that did allow it after the point of viability for all kinds [of abortions], in some cases, for no reason at all. And when they had a chance to vote against that kind of extreme law, they voted against it. They’re against every restriction: 15 weeks, 21 weeks, every restriction. But they won’t ever say that. They also think, by the way, not only should it be allowed at any time for any reason, but they believe taxpayers should pay for this and not just pay for this in America, pay for it all over the world.”