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Rubio scolds media for paying attention to Alex Jones

Rubio scolds media for paying attention to Alex Jones
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Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioO'Rourke's rise raises hopes for Texas Dems down ballot Meghan McCain calls Russian attacks against her father the 'highest compliment' to her family The Memo: Saudi storm darkens for Trump MORE on Wednesday chastised reporters for paying attention to radio host, internet provocateur and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, with whom the Florida Republican had a tense exchange earlier in the day.

Rubio jabbed reporters who surrounded him before a GOP lunch meeting to ask him about his hostile back-and-forth with Jones.

“You guys give these guys way too much attention. We’re making crazy people superstars, and so you’re going to get crazier people,” he said.

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Jones repeatedly interrupted Rubio during an interview outside a Senate hearing about foreign influence on social media platforms, mocking his laugh and at one point putting his hand on Rubio’s shoulder, which a bodyguard quickly brushed away.

Rubio said he knows Jones by name, but didn’t recognize him.

“I see some scrubby guy walk up to me, step to me, acting all crazy. I didn’t know who he was. I know the name, I know all the crazy stuff, I just don’t know what he looks like,” he said.

Asked if he at all feared for his safety when Jones touched him, Rubio said, “He touched me and I just asked him not to do it.”

“I just asked him not to touch me. He didn’t do it again,” he noted.

Jones during the confrontation asked Rubio if he was going to beat him up.

Rubio responded by rolling his eyes.