Marco Rubio could hardly wait for President Obama to finish his speech at a Maryland mosque before laying into him for something he never said.
Young Marco rushed out in New Hampshire to slam President Obama before anyone else could, accusing the President of being divisive.
"Always pitting people against each other. Always! Look at today: He gave a speech at a mosque. Oh, you know, basically implying that America is discriminating against Muslims," Rubio scolded.
He added, "Of course there's discrimination in America, of every kind. But the bigger issue is radical Islam. And by the way, radical Islam poses a threat to Muslims themselves. They argue that. They'll tell you that. But again, it's this constant pitting people against each other. I can't stand that. It's hurting our country badly."
Pot, meet kettle. Here's the full video of President Obama's speech. Tell me exactly where he "pitted people against each other." (Hint: you won't find it)
Perhaps it was this thing he said. "We've heard inexcusable political rhetoric. We've seen (Muslim) children bullied. We've seen mosques vandalized. We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone."
Nope, not there. Let's see if I can find another quote that might be the one.
Maybe this? "When enshrining Freedom of Religion in our Constitution and our Bill of Rights, our founders meant what they said when they said it applied to all religions."
No, that doesn't pit anyone against anyone else.
Perhaps it was this admonition to his fellow Christians, where he warned, "An attack on one faith is an attack on all our faiths."
Again, not pitting anyone against anyone else, there, Marco.
I'll try once more. Perhaps this was the quote young Marco thought he heard. "We’re one American family. And when any part of our family starts to feel separate or second-class or targeted, it tears at the very fabric of our nation. "
No pitting there either.
One last try. ""We can’t be bystanders to bigotry. And together, we’ve got to show that America truly protects all faiths."
Well, I suppose he might have pitted people against bigots there. But now that's a bad thing?
I give up. The full text of his remarks is here. If you find that part where he pitted one group against another, let me know.
I just think Marco Rubio went for the points but forgot the ball.