Journalists Freak Out After Marco Rubio Tweets Bible Verses

Sen. Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) / AP
May 16, 2017

Reporters and media figures demanded to know Tuesday why Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was tweeting out Bible verses.

Rubio, who is Catholic, sent out two tweets in the early morning.

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid," Rubio wrote in one message, quoting John 14:27.

Chief among those concerned with Rubio's use of Bible verses was the senior writer for ShareBlue, a David Brock-run outlet that markets itself as the "Breitbart of the left." Leah McElrath called Rubio's tweets "unsettling" and appeared to question whether they were "significant" after reports surfaced that Trump may have given Russia diplomats classified information.

Liberal Esquire blogger Charles Pierce agreed, calling the tweets "oddly terrifying."

Even the Washington Post's conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin questioned whether Rubio was "hacked" or going crazy.

Other reporters drew attention to the tweets as though they were unusual or telling.

As it happens, Rubio was just tweeting from that day's daily readings, indicating that he either attended Catholic mass that morning or was reflecting on the verses.

It is also not unusual for Rubio to tweet Bible verses. A quick Twitter search shows Rubio quoted six times from the book of Proverbs alone in the past four months.

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