On Wednesday night, as the Senate reconvened after the riot at the Capitol, Senator Marco Rubio gave an emotional speech in which he displayed sensitivity toward Trump supporters who had been upset over what they perceived as media bias over recent months but also condemned the rioters, noting that America’s enemies would delight in the scenes at the Capitol. Rubio then made the telling point of why America was different from countries like China and Iran.
“We have forgotten that America is not a government. America is not a president. America is not a Congress,” said the senator. “Let me tell you what America is. America is your family. America is your faith. America is your community. That’s America. That’s what our adversaries don’t understand, and that’s what we need to remember. That is how we’re going to rebuild this country and turn the page and have a future even brighter than our past.”
Rubio began: “Over the last