The Florida State Seminoles’ fan base was outraged at comments that 2016 Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio made about the school. He was completely joking as a Florida Gators fan and it was obviously friendly smack talk between teams.
Unfortunately, it went over poorly and there is no question that the situation could lose Rubio a few votes from diehard fans.
“Look, I don’t have anything against Florida State,” Rubio said. “I think there has to be a school where people who can’t get into Florida can go to college.”
Following that comment from Rubio, many fans came out and replied back on social media. Perhaps the most notable response was from Florida State president John Thrasher.
“He’s a nice kid,” Thrasher said. “I’m sure he’s frustrated by his low standing in the polls, which I believe could be a reflection of where he got his education.”
After some of the comeback messages started to come in, Rubio took to his official Twitter account to respond.
Sports really can bring out the worst in people, especially when rivals get involved. Rubio probably should have chosen his words a bit more carefully in the midst of a presidential campaign, but smack talk between teams is very normal. That being said, it will be interesting to see what ends up happening throughout the course of the next few weeks.
Rubio hasn’t been spiking in the polls like many expected him to, but there is no question that he still has the ability to rebound and bounce back. Donald Trump is one of the more popular names, but Rubio, Ben Carson and Jeb Bush are very much involved as well.
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