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ICYMI: Rubio Joins The Guy Benson Show

Nov 13, 2023 | Press Releases

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) joined The Guy Benson Show to discuss the atrocities committed by Hamas and pro-Hamas sentiment spreading in America. See below for highlights and listen to the full interview here.

On Hamas’s weaponization of civilians:

“[Hamas] has two hospitals that we know they operate out of. Al-Shifa, which is the one that’s been in the news a lot, is the one that they’re just outside of right now. That’s been the primary military hub for Hamas for a long time, and that’s where you’re going to find that infrastructure. I think there were videos that were released today of Hamas militants shooting from the doorway of that hospital. 

“There are two questions posed today. The first, who are we dealing with here? These are Islamists … They have a religious background to what they do, in which they basically believe that every non-believer, and that includes any Christian who believes that Jesus was God, and any Jew if they don’t convert, they, at a minimum, should be enslaved if necessary, if not killed. So when they chant things like ‘from the river to the sea,’ what they’re saying is that there should be no Jews at all in that part of the world from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea. That is their goal. And they are willing to murder people to do it, including other Arabs, and including Muslims, because there were [also] Muslims that were killed on that day of the attack. They didn’t ask people for their membership cards and so forth. They [Hamas] just slaughtered [everyone, indiscriminately]. That’s who you’re dealing with here. So, it is impossible when you’re dealing with an element like Hamas, which is a bunch of degenerates, to have any sort of understanding or coexistence. This is not a dispute over land. This is an existential dispute involving a group [Hamas] that has proven what they’re willing to do and what weapons they have. Imagine if they had even more sophisticated weaponry. That’s who you’re confronting now.”

On how false narratives shaped antisemitism in the U.S.:

“We’ve opened our eyes to two things. The first is, for the better part of two decades, particularly in higher education in America, the more elite, the worse it’s been. This [idea] has been sticking in people’s heads that somehow there used to be this country called Palestine, that a bunch of European Jews came in and invaded, took over that land, set up an illegitimate country, and have since then instituted a system of apartheid. That is the argument that’s been fed in people’s brains, unfortunately. And those people have graduated from those schools and are now running media outlets and companies and are embedded in the State Department and the staff here in Congress. The second reality is that hiding behind labels like socialists, democratic socialists, and anti-colonial movements, caused the left to accept the support of these antisemitic, anti-Israel elements because [the left] wanted their votes.

“Now they find themselves in this impossible situation of trying to argue three, four things at once. [The left] condemns Hamas, condemns antisemitism, believes Israel has the right to defend itself, but then also supports the Palestinian cause, and [the left] is having trouble. And these groups that are embedded as part of their support network, including members of Congress who openly say some of these things, are finding it incompatible.”

On the effect of pro-Hamas messaging on Americans:

“It is very shocking for Americans to wake up and see doctors, nurses, teachers, professors, lawyers, public defenders, people embedded in the State Department, and officials at the Department of Homeland Security who are either out there tearing down posters of Israeli hostages or are online posting pro-Hamas statements. [Americans] are like, ‘How could this have happened?’ It’s been here the whole time. We’ve turned a blind eye to it, and now we’re being confronted with the reality that some of these images of thousands of people calling for intifada are not images from the Middle East. These are images from Washington, D.C., and New York City happening in our own country.” 

On Senator Rubio’s efforts to have terrorist sympathizer visas revoked:

“What’s outrageous is that some of the people out there are in this country on student visas. M.I.T announced they would not be suspending students because it could impact their visa status. As I’ve been pushing, and Mayorkas actually publicly agreed the other day, if you’re here supporting terrorism and you’re on a student visa, that visa should be revoked. You should have never gotten one in the first place. So, we are facing challenges not just from around the world but inside of our own country. Not to mention a border where 8,000 people a day just walk in from all over the world.”

On how adversaries view the state of American political culture:

“If you’re China or Russia or Iran, you’re looking at America and saying, ‘America is weak right now. They can’t even control their own border, and their politics is upside down. A former president is facing four political indictments, dividing and tearing the country apart. Some of them are a joke if you even watch what the allegations are. Plus, they’re trying to bankrupt him by stealing his family business. On top of that, [Iran is] attacking their troops all over the Middle East, and they’re not doing anything about it except blowing up empty warehouses. America’s weak. Now is the time to push the envelope.’ I think we’re seeing that, particularly in the Middle East.

“Academia has dedicated 20 years to this ideology of self-hate where everything about America is bad. Like, ‘Of course, we shouldn’t have borders. This land doesn’t even belong to us. This is a country founded by European colonizers who committed atrocities.’ You can just argue this left and right. But the bottom line is that, yes, we now have far too many people born in this country who support [terrorist sympathizers.] Whether it’s because they want their money as graduate students who pay the full rate or because they think maybe they’re not 100% wrong on what they stand for. They just can’t be violent about it.’”

On the death reports from the Gaza Ministry of Health:

“There is no such thing as the Gaza Ministry of Health, it’s called the Hamas Ministry of Health. So we can’t believe any numbers they put out, because whatever numbers they put out, are going to be those designed to push their narrative. That said, there is no doubt that there have been civilian casualties.  Unfortunately, the terrorists, degenerate savages that [Israel is] fighting against, Hamas, have no problem with putting women, children, and innocent civilians in front. In essence, they’re [Hamas] down in the tunnels, everybody else is up on the surface. They’re not up at the surface. They’re hiding in tunnels. They’re hiding in the bunkers they’ve built for themselves. They don’t seem to run out of rockets. They’re running out of fuel, running out of medicine, running out of food for civilians. But they don’t seem to be running out of rockets. Those guys are [hiding behind civilians] for themselves. In fact, there are interviews both in Arabic media and some translated into English, in which they say the population of Gaza is the responsibility of the United Nations because they’re all refugees. Those tunnels and those protective systems exist to defend us because we’re the fighters. So they openly talk about this. And not to mention, they hold a worldview that says that to die, even as a civilian, for this cause is a glorious thing. It’s martyrdom. And then we have people in this country chanting, ‘Glory to the martyrs’, [it’s] sick stuff.”