What Is Going on With Marco Rubio’s Twitter?


Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 11.57.52 AMWhen we covered Marco Rubio‘s late-night Twitter rant-a-thon about whether to do legs or chest at the gym a few days ago, we erred on the side of kindness and titled it “Rubio Trashes WaPo Report on Twitter Over ‘Unnamed Sources’ Talking About His Plans.” After all, the man only recently dropped his presidential campaign after years of having his ego stroked with talk of how he was the “savior” of the Republican party. The party he was supposed to save now belong to a reality television star. Let the guy have his Twitter rant, you know?

The thing is, though, that in the six days since he started tweeting regularly, there have been a few other red flags. If things go on this way, he could be reaching Kanye West levels of Twitter weirdness by next week.


Here is a serious reading picture that he definitely had to ask a staffer to take and is absolutely staged:

His anti-media missives didn’t start with WaPo, either:

He’s acting like Donald Trump! He keeps lashing out at media agencies and going on tears that just won’t quit. You can’t pretend this tweet doesn’t remind you of the presumed GOP nominee. You could copy and paste it to his account and no one would notice.

This next one was the tweet that made me take notice of Rubio’s new Twitter antics. I replied accordingly:

This one is my absolute favorite because of the sarcasm and unexpectedly casual tone:

Here he is defending his position on disco:

He engaged with Marc Caputo after calling him out for getting so many details about his life and plans wrong. The engagement was about fishing:

He added his $0.02 to the news that Twitter will no longer include link and photos in the 140-character limit:

Today, we were treated to a six-tweet denouncement of an ostensibly Christian housing organization. The word “slumlords” was used.

In the age of the social media, everyone is their own PR person. We have the Kardashians to thank for that and Donald Trump to look to as an example of that method followed to its logical conclusion. There is a lot to be said for those who manage their own accounts and engage with fans online. Still, this o-to-100 approach, with all its typos and ill-advised sarcasm, cannot possibly be the best way to jump back into the online arena.

What do you think? Is Rubio okay? Does he need a Twitter intervention?

[image via the Twitter, of course]

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