The former presidential candidate said that the recent wave of hate messages struck a personal note.
Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) recounted a chilling story of a threatening call made to his wife when speaking to the Anti-Defamation League on Tuesday. Rubio discussed the story after citing examples of anti-Jewish bigotry in recent months, showing the troubling trend of increasing hate crimes.
“My wife, because she is involved in a number of causes, and of course, being my wife, received a very disturbing voicemail from someone we don’t know,” Rubio said.
“The most disturbing part of this voicemail,” he recounted, “was the calmness in which that hateful message was delivered.”
“I’m not saying it would have been better, I’m just saying it would have been probably less chilling if the person who left that voicemail was angry and screaming and using profanity,” Rubio explained.
“This person was making this argument as if it was a legitimate and credible political thought,” Rubio said.
The senator expressed dismay that people felt comfortable enough to openly express such hateful views.
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