Somebody's a little testy after losing the biggest political race of his lifetime. No, not Ted Cruz — he's busy recording weepy videos proclaiming himself the GOP candidate in 2020. This time, the sore loser — or at least all-around sore guy — is Marco Rubio. He went ballistic on Twitter late Monday night while responding to several Washington Post articles that quoted sources "close to him" that he claimed are "just people who want to sound like they are in the know." According to the Florida Senator, "They just make it up." Rubio's Twitter rant publicized the inner thoughts of a failed presidential candidate, and he probably shouldn't be allowed on Twitter after this.
The rant began at 11:17 p.m ET when he posted a Post article entitled "5 people who are never going to be Donald Trump’s vice president." Rubio was one of the five, of course, and the paper quoted "people close to him" and made the claim that the Senator "seems to be a bit at sea in terms of his next step politically." He is not running for reelection to the Senate this November, so when his term ends in January, he won't be holding any public office. That position is described by the Post's Chris Cillizza as "betwixt and between," and he went on to speculate about whether Rubio will run for Senate after all or hold out for Florida governor.
Later, Rubio cited another Post story, "Rubio gives up on Senate: ‘He hates it,’" which again used sources close to the Senator to show he despises his work in D.C. The article read: "'He hates it,' a longtime friend from Florida said, speaking anonymously to say what Rubio would not."
Then the rant truly took off about a half hour later when apparently Rubio wanted to clear the air about what's really next for him. He said he's unequivocally out of the political rat race (unless, you know, some of this is sarcastic) and he did so in truly biting tweets. If only he'd shown this much spunk on the campaign trail, maybe he wouldn't have lost his home state to Donald Trump by humiliating margins.
He got really saucy and honestly, I kind of love it:
Then, he called it a night, saying what we're all thinking (aka lay off the Twitter rants, Rubio):
Perhaps this will finally end the rampant speculation around his future plans. Just last week Rubio released a statement on Facebook trying to do just that, ruling out any possible VP run with Trump: "I have never sought, will not seek and do not want to be considered for vice-president." Seems pretty clear. Now he's put his foot down about higher office — unless of course he goes straight for the presidency in 2020. After all, you never know when a Tweet is sarcastic.