When Senator Marco Rubio decided to stop attending town hall meetings for his constituents, he said it was because people “get rude and stupid” at the gatherings. Rubio has gone so far out of his way to avoid confrontation with his constituents that he’s even falsely claimed he was in Europe to avoid holding a town hall — video of him proves otherwise. Rubio’s continued no-show of town hall meetings has caused concerned citizens to confront him on his own turf.
Rather than be ignored, voters in Rubio’s state began voicing their concern outside his offices in Tampa, Fla.
— Indivisible Tampa (@Indivisible_TPA) February 28, 2017
According to Bay News 9, more than 150 protestors have routinely gathered in front of the offices for the last several weeks.
The protests eventually led the property’s owner to evict Rubio’s team from the Tampa area building.
— Scott3000 (@skot2uk3000) March 1, 2017
Speaking on the demonstrations outside Senator Rubio’s office, property owner Jude Williams told Yahoo!, “A professional office building is not a place for that. I understand their cause, but at the end of the day, it was a security concern for us.”
Williams added, “It’s not political. It’s for no other reason than good office management. Our duty is to keep a good, peaceful office building environment for our tenants, and that’s not what they bargained for.”
According to 7 News Miami, Senator Rubio had been on a month-to-month lease in the building since December.
— Michael Rasch (@its_for_sale) March 1, 2017
The Tampa Bay Times reported that Rubio and his team have until 5:30 on Friday to leave the premises.
Once news got out, people on Twitter voiced their concern for Sen. Rubio.
— Andrew (@ChicanoNproud) March 1, 2017
JK. People on social media pretty much dragged Senator Rubio all across Twitter.
Yeah, not a lot of sympathy for the Florida senator.
Literally loling about Marco Rubio getting evicted from his office https://t.co/8XOBifjjlw
— Marty Graw (@turpin4prez) March 1, 2017
However, some people on Twitter believe the protestors should do something better with their time.
— Patrick (@TampaPK) February 28, 2017
There were those that thought the protestors should be locked up.
— Vaughn Blue Jr (@vaughnblue) March 1, 2017
Others believe that the protestors are paid to be there.
@thehill Rubio is correct. Paid protestors. Stop the town halls.
— donell (@donell27743094) February 26, 2017
However, people have been quick to point out a 2009 tweet where Rubio praised town halls.
memo to establishment (in both parties): the angry folks at health care townhalls are REAL & their views are shared by a growing majority.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) August 11, 2009
Rubio is no stranger to trolling IRL.
— Scott3000 (@skot2uk3000) February 18, 2017
When the 45-year-old senator stopped showing up to town hall meetings, these posters began appearing around town.
Floridians have mastered the art of a good Rubio meme.
— Andrea Perez (@makeka86) February 23, 2017
Rubio’s constituents even held a town hall meeting without the senator in attendance.
— Indivisible Tampa (@Indivisible_TPA) February 23, 2017
A cardboard cut-out of Rubio stood in for the actual public servant.
Following the eviction from the Tampa offices, Rubio’s offices released an official statement.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Christina Madreucci, Rubio’s spokeswoman, sent out an email acknowledging their need for a new office: “We are actively looking for new office space, and our goal is to remain accessible and continue providing prompt and efficient service to all Floridians.”
Senator Rubio has maintained silence about the issue on Twitter.