Just in time for the Fourth of July, Sen. Marco Rubio lit a fuse Friday that set off fireworks on social media between him and fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The tension began when the Florida Republican issued a statement excoriating the real estate tycoon for Trump’s remarks describing illegal immigrants — especially those from Mexico — as rapists, murderers and thieves.
Rubio’s statement called Trump’s description of illegal immigrants “inaccurate,” “offensive” and “divisive”:
Our next president needs to be someone who brings Americans together – not someone who continues to divide. Our broken immigration system is something that needs to be solved, and comments like this move us further from – not closer to – a solution. We need leaders who offer serious solutions to secure our border and fix our broken immigration system.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper tweeted the message:
Rubio on Trump pic.twitter.com/zXhDLyB6A5
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 3, 2015
But things took a different turn when Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant, allegedly shot and killed a young woman in San Francisco for no apparent reason.
The fact that Sanchez had been deported back to Mexico and had been charged with seven previous felonies gave Trump all the ammunition he needed to fire a Twitter salvo back at Rubio later Friday.
.@marcorubio what do you say to the family of Kathryn Steinle in CA who was viciously killed b/c we can’t secure our border? Stand up for US
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 3, 2015
It’s going to be a long, hot summer in America.
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