Sen. Marco Rubio’s tweets about the horrific shooting in his home state of Florida were just too much for critics who quickly pointed out that he has received $3.3 million in campaign contributions from the National Rifle Association.
The New York Daily News pointedly reported how much Rubio and other pro-gun senators have received from the group — which takes a hard stand against gun-control legislation — after 17 died in the nation’s latest mass shooting.
“[Rubio] received $90,205 in campaign donations from gun rights groups during the 2015-2016 campaign cycle and received an “A+” grade from the NRA. Rubio has received $3,303,355 over the course of his career as an elected official,” the paper wrote on Twitter, linking to Rubio’s own tweet about the shooting.
The Daily News made similar posts calling out other senators who appeared on their list of the top 15 recipients of NRA money, including Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Ted Cruz of Texas, Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania and Rob Portman of Ohio. The paper also called out President Donald Trump in a series of tweets noting his close relationship with the organization.
The New York Daily News isn’t the only one to call out Rubio and his Republican colleagues on the apparent hypocrisy of lament gun violence in America while simultaneously voting against gun control legislation and accepting donations from the NRA.
For years, Igor Volsky, a former Think Progress editor and founder of activist group Guns Down, has made a similar project of using politicians’ “thoughts and prayers” tweets after mass shootings as opportunities to highlight their campaign contributions from the gun lobby. On Wednesday, he also recalled Rubio’s 2013 vote against a bill to ban assault weapons in the wake of the school shooting in Sandy Hook.
On Wednesday, 17 people were killed and at least 14 more were injured when a gunman opened fire on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida. The suspect was later identified by law enforcement officials as Nikolas Cruz, a former student expelled for disciplinary reasons.