An assistant to a top executive at the Spanish language television network Univisión, which is known for revealing details about Operation Fast and Furious and for asking President Barack Obama pointed questions about his failing to reform immigration law, attacked Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on a staff member’s Facebook page, calling him “a token slave boy” according to the Miami Herald.
The Miami Herald explained that the attack was made Wednesday against Rubio on his spokesman Alex Burgos’ Facebook page after he announced the senator would be giving his response to President Barack Obama’s Tuesday State of the Union address in both English and Spanish.
“Oh. wow, the loser is going to speak after our President,” Angelica Artiles wrote on Burgos’ Facebook page, according to the Herald. “Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favor and stay home that night.”
Artiles, executive assistant to VP of News Daniel Coronell, was not alone in her comments. Burgos engaged as well. Here’s some of the back-and-forth:
“While you may be content with mediocrity under this President, I am not,” Burgos wrote. “And fortunately neither are patriots like Marco Rubio who have opportunities like next Tuesday night to offer an alternative way forward. I am proud to work for him and actually feel sorry for you for writing this.”
Artiles shot back: “Patriot? LOL Alex Burgos.”
She then used a diminutive term for Rubio’s first name, “Marquito,” and proceeded to compare him to a Disney dwarf, a “token slave boy” and a “fool” who was passed over by Republican Mitt Romney on his presidential ticket last November.
Burgos stopped responding, but others took up Rubio’s cause and attacked Artiles for being a “troll,” Internet slang for someone who posts inflammatory statements to gin up responses. The conversation went back and forth in English and Spanish.
The harsh words by Artiles are not the first to mark Univisión’s criticism of Rubio.
The Miami Herald noted that the station is owned by a Democratic donor Haim Saban,who has called Republicans “anti-Hispanic.” In August, comments were made on Rubio’s Facebook page by someone using Univisión’s account, calling him “a mediocre politician” and saying that “Jeb Bush is more Latino and talented than him.”
Univisión released this statement after Buzzfeed called out their August Facebook post:
“An unpleasant comment not authorized by Univisión News was posted on this page. That comment does not represent the views of Univisión News and we have taken steps to ensure that this situation does not happen again.”
So far no one at Univisión has commented on the latest Facebook comments, the Miami Herald noted.
Read more details about the Facebook dialogue from this week in the Miami Herald’s full post here.