Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally

Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioOwners of meatpacker JBS to pay 0M fine over foreign bribery charges Questions raised about conflicts of interest around Biden son-in-law America needs an industrial policy — now more than ever MORE (R) lashed out at a journalist over Twitter on Tuesday who called it “very strange” to see the senator "smiling and chuckling" at President TrumpDonald John TrumpNearly 300 former national security officials sign Biden endorsement letter DC correspondent on the death of Michael Reinoehl: 'The folks I know in law enforcement are extremely angry about it' Late night hosts targeted Trump over Biden 97 percent of the time in September: study MORE’s reelection campaign launch, alluding to the pair’s less-than-amicable history.

“Very strange, for those of who covered 2016 campaign, to see Sen Marco Rubio smiling and chuckling in this audience,” tweeted Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times podcast “The Daily.”

And in less than an hour, Rubio directed his own string of tweets at Barbaro in response.

“BREAKING,” he tweeted mockingly. “In an unprecedented move a Republican Senator attended a rally in his home state in support of the re-election of a Republican President.”

“As opposed to smiling & chuckling at a rally for a radical liberal candidate for President who will undo policies to confront China, reduce regulations & taxes, defend liberty in Venezuela & protect the unborn?” he continued.

“BTW, this is the same reporter who in 2015 after 3 weeks of meticulous investigative journalism uncovered that my wife had traffic tickets,” he added. “I had a fishing boat & my home has big windows. And in 2016 he broke the story that I had some boots with higher heel.”

During the 2016 Republican presidential primary, Rubio and Trump often traded jabs at each other while they both competed for the nomination.

"He couldn't get elected dog catcher in Florida," Trump said of the senator at one point during his campaign.

"He's flying around on Hair Force One," Rubio sniped back at the time.


At one point, Rubio called Trump "a con artist” and said he “will never get control of this party."

He also talked about his "spray tan."

"The man with the worst spray tan in America is attacking me for putting on makeup," Rubio said of the president in 2016. "Donald Trump likes to sue people — he should sue whoever did that to his face."

However, since Trump has taken office, tensions have significantly cooled between Rubio and the president, with Rubio even coming to the president’s defense at times against his critics. 

But that hasn’t stopped people from mocking the senator over his change in tune to Trump online.

According to Roll Call, the senator was mocked online relentlessly for three consecutive days last year after he defended Trump against critical media coverage.