Sometimes politicians tweet helpful and insightful things. Other times, they tweet things that are regrettable at best and in denial of history at worst.
A tweet from 2016 presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) early Wednesday afternoon fits into that latter category.
You can see the tweet below, which we took a screenshot of because it seems destined for deletion.
Oh boy. Where to start. How about here:
Gawker may have summed it up best with the snarky (and 100 percent correct) headline “Marco Rubio Remembers the Trail of Tears.”
Here’s what they had to say about the tweet:
The conservative estimate of the US Native American population before the arrival of European settlers was over 12 million. Today, that number has been reduced by 95 percent.
Here’s a quick list of just a few times America has been engaged in armed conflict in order to expand it’s territory:
- Northwest Indian War
- Winnebago War
- Patriot War
- Mexican-American War
- Apache Wars
- Puget Sound Wars
- Utah War
- Great Sioux War of 1786
- Second Samoan Civil War
We didn’t even get into the 20th century with that list.
Now, for some SFW and NSFW responses to Rubio’s tweet:
You drunk? RT @marcorubio America is the first power in history motivated by a desire to expand freedom rather than its own territory.
— Mance Raidher (@Parkour_Lewis) May 13, 2015
Oh yeah? 1775, 54-40…RT @marcorubio America is first power in history motivated by desire to expand freedom rather than its own territory.
— Andrew Bucholtz (@AndrewBucholtz) May 13, 2015
what are you, fucking stupid? @marcorubio
— Eugene V. Dabs (@red_mercer) May 13, 2015
@marcorubio I can't even.
— Jack Lizmi (@jacklizmi) May 13, 2015
¯_(ツ)_/¯ “@marcorubio: America is the first power in history motivated by a desire to expand freedom rather than its own territory.”
— Ryan Resch (@Ryan_Resch) May 13, 2015
@marcorubio Who is your dealer? That seems like some amazing stuff.
— Sara Byrella (@umbyrella) May 13, 2015