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Rubio shreds NYT reporter who broke the big news he was ‘smiling & chuckling’ at Trump rally

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Senator Marco Rubio blasted a New York Times reporter who called it “very strange” that he would be smiling at an event for his former rival, President Donald Trump.

The Florida Republican fired back at Michael Barbaro, host of the New York Times’ podcast “The Daily,” after he tweeted about Rubio “smiling and chuckling” at Trump’s re-election rally in Orlando on Tuesday.

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“BREAKING,” Rubio sarcastically said in a tweet shortly after Barbaro’s. “In an unprecedented move a Republican Senator attended a rally in his home state in support of the re-election of a Republican President.”

Rubio added a few more jabs in follow-up tweets, mockingly calling out Barbaro for his “meticulous investigative journalism” when he covered the senator in 2015.

His outburst earned him a fresh round of criticism, as author Molly Jong-Fast and MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, among others, took shots at the senator.

Rubio’s relationship with the president took a decidedly different turn after Trump entered the White House, following a contentious presidential campaign season in 2016 that saw them often trading personal insults. Trump nicknamed the Florida senator “Little Marco,” and said he “choked like a dog” during a debate.

“He couldn’t get elected dog catcher in Florida,” Trump said at one point.

Rubio had called Trump “a con artist” and the man “with the worst spray tan in America.”

“He’s flying around on Hair Force One,” Rubio mocked Trump at a campaign rally in Kennesaw, Georgia in 2016.

But three years after trading insults, the GOP senator was on hand in Orlando to support the president as he announced his 2020 reelection campaign. Rubio tweeted several times from the rally at the Amway Center, where he said there was “no better place to kickoff a campaign for President than the Sunshine State.”

But Rubio’s enthusiastic support of the president baffled the left and he soon began trending on Twitter.

Buried in the social media mockery of Rubio were comments from many Twitter users who called out the critics for slamming the senator.

Frieda Powers

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