Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) had a surprising response to a statement from CNN president Jeff Zucker criticizing the president for his comments about the suspicious packages sent to Democrat and media personalities Wednesday.
'They have shown no comprehension...'
Zucker released a statement excoriating President Donald Trump and the White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over their response to the attempted bombings.
"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media," Zucker said in the statement.
"The President, and especially the White House press secretary, should understand their words matter," he added. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that."
Other critics of the president were unsatisfied that the statement from Trump didn't include any reference to his prior comments attacking the media.
'Criticism & calling people to violence are not the same.'
While many agreed with Zucker, Rubio notably dissented.
"Yes words matter," Rubio tweeted. "Because freedom of speech allows us to air & settle our disagreements & grievances using words INSTEAD of violence."
"The 1st Amendment protects press freedom," he continued, "but it doesn’t bestow immunity from criticism. Criticism & calling people to violence are not the same."
"Every American should be angry about these potentially explosive devices targeting U.S. political figures," Rubio added in another tweet. "We should not ever tolerate terrorism against anyone. Period."
Every American should be angry about these potentially explosive devices targeting U.S. political figures. We shoul… https://t.co/NAbPJlTHTg— Marco Rubio (@Marco Rubio) 1540392229.0
"Some already giving in to temptation to react to this terror attack by either assigning blame for or rationalizing it," he concluded. "No sane or well-intentioned person, no matter how partisan, would do this. It’s either the work of a demented person or terror aimed at further dividing America."
While many in the media rushed to blame the president for the attacks sent to CNN and Democratic politicians, others cautioned against jumping to conclusions based on the limited information available so early in the investigation.