Marco Rubio had not intended his evening to be like this. When the Florida Senator predicted a wave of Republican voter turnout on Twitter Tuesday to win his home state, he did so allegedly to show his support for President Donald Trump. Rubio posted a simple GIF of a big wave, but the move backfired for him.
The problem is that it was not a GIF of any wave, but a very blue wave blue, as in the color associated with the Democratic Party. Essentially, it inadvertently drew a Biden victory for Florida.
Below you can hear Rubio’s tweet, which triggered a tidal wave of its own:
In 2016, the Republicans ended up with a 0.6% turnout advantage in #Florida
Just wait until you see what it is this time pic.twitter.com/UvQ4ZgyfRT
– Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 3, 2020
The actress Patricia Arquette quickly picked up on Rubio’s mistakes. (In subsequent tweets she continued to insult the senator).
Do you know that you posted a blue wave?
– Patricia Arquette (@PattyArquette) November 3, 2020
Meanwhile, Chrissy Teigen – someone who knows very well how to exercise the power of social media – burned the Republican senator.
There are so many photos of a flood and you chose a blue wave, you fucking idiot https://t.co/nhIDTT8BpI
– chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) November 3, 2020
Many keen observers remembered something from 2013: Rubio’s embarrassing moment when the GOP drank water during the GOP’s reaction to then President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address. Donald Trump later mocked the moment when the two ran against each other for the Republican nomination in 2016. (Trump also said of Rubio at this time: “He has really big ears, the biggest ears I have ever seen”).
Trump had his own share of strange water incidents, which several well-known Twitter users were happy to point out. For whatever reason, Trump has recently had difficulty holding water glasses with his hands. Here’s a montage that should serve as a small background for some upcoming tweets:
Here is Craig Thomas, co-author of How I Met Your Mother, which refers to Rubio’s eventful history with water:
I never thought Marco Rubio would ever have a major water-related failure, but #2020… https://t.co/XKQbmp8MxC
– Craig Thomas (@HimymCraig) November 3, 2020
The journalist Mark Gongloff jokingly tried to explain the wave error.
BREAKING: Marco Rubio predicts blue wave, or does not understand colors https://t.co/SjEcOOWka8
– Mark Gongloff (@markgongloff) November 3, 2020
As playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer noted, Rubio had the chance to delete the tweet. Not only did he fail to do so, but he continued posting afterward, apparently in complete ignorance of his mess.
#MarcoRubio did not delete this #tweet and tweeted afterwards.
A blue wave indicates a landslide of a Democratic Party in Florida. The #Biden campaign believes #Trump will stop it. Or does he play chess on a high level with the #GOP?#BidenHarris2020 https://t.co/ylE2V3h28W
– Bonnie Greer (@Bonn1eGreer) November 3, 2020
DJ Qualls, an actor known for high-profile roles in hits like Road Trip and Hustle & Flow, described the moment as “self own”.
lol. This has been my favorite self own for some time now. You, sir, are an idiot.
– DJ Qualls (@TheOnlyDJQualls) November 3, 2020
Josh Gad simply agreed with Rubio.
This is a blue wave. And yes. It is indeed coming. https://t.co/AEy36k8RYS
– Josh Gad (@joshgad) November 3, 2020
The comedian Sarah Cooper was quite blunt in her assessment of his tweet:
Sir, and I say this with all due respect, ur an idiot
– Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) November 3, 2020
Seth Grahame-Smith, author of the bestsellers Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter, suggested another video of a wave that might be more fitting – the scene from the horror classic The Glow of Blood Filling a Hallway.
Um… I think you wanted to post that? pic.twitter.com/YrnC49esIj
– Seth Grahame-Smith (@sethgs) November 3, 2020
These tweets are only from known people and represent only a fraction of the actual responses Rubio’s mail received within the first hour. In other words, the Senator could be in for a long night – and an even longer run to his Senate seat in 2022 if Florida turns blue.