‘Self righteous hypocrites’: Rubio attracts GOP criticism for his response to Trump rally chant


As the political fallout over the recent Trump campaign rally chant of “send her back” targeting a American citizen serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, many in the Republican Party have walked a fine line between criticizing the president and defending the attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

For U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Florida, his response was insufficient for others in the party — including Ana Navarro, a co-host on ABC’s “The View.”

While Rubio denounced Trump’s Twitter attack as “wrong” and the chant as “grotesque,” he further suggested that those “demanding outrage are self righteous hypocrites.”

Navarro criticized that reply during a segment of the ABC talk show on Friday:

“I have seen Marco Rubio, whose parents came here fleeing poverty, who represents a community where they were told, ‘We won’t rent to Cubans, to blacks, or to dogs,’ ‘You can’t drink from this water fountain. I have seen him try to justify this. I’ve seen him call people who are outraged, like me, he calls it self-righteous hypocrites. Let me tell you what self-righteous hypocrisy is, tweeting Bible verses every day and remaining silent while this president puts children in cages. You know what self-righteous hypocrisy is? Representing a community full of Venezuelans and Cubans and Haitians and Puerto Ricans – people who hear everyday, ‘Go back to where you’re from,’ and somehow trying to play this as if there are two sides.”