In a recent Twitter thread, the anti-Trump Republican group Lincoln Project launched a spectacular attack against Republican Senator Marco Rubio (Florida), accusing him of having prior knowledge of the Trump campaign’s alleged contacts with Russia.

First published in August 2020.


The Senate/Russia story isn’t getting nearly enough pick up and the Senate GOP isn’t taking a hit for it. Let's change that.



The #RubioReport shows definitively that @marcorubio and members of the @SenateGOP understood that @realDonaldTrump's campaign was in touch with Russian intelligence during the 2016 campaign.



That means #TheyKnew the Trump campaign, Bannon, Manafort, Kushner, Don. Jr, all them, had inappropriate contacts with Russian operatives when the @SenateGOP acquitted @realDonaldTrump of abusing his office.



It was no mistake that @marcorubio was made Chairman of the Senate Intel Committee. @senatemajldr and @realDonaldTrump needed someone who would soft-sell the #RubioReport’s findings.

Who better than #LittleMarco?



Someone should ask @marcorubio (again) why he made sure to strip out provisions in American law that would require presidential campaigns to inform the FBI and DOJ of contacts by foreign governments.

#TheyKnew #RubioReport



Because @realdonaldtrump, @vp, @jaredkushner are doing it again in 2020. They will gladly take help from anyone who will help them retain power, even in the face of probable/likely electoral defeat this November.

#TheyKnew #RubioReport


Now @RonJohnsonWI (@SenRonJohnson) is carrying water for Russia again. He’s planning to smear @JoeBiden with fabricated intelligence he received from Russian-backed Ukrainians.

Don’t be surprised by #RussianRon’s September Surprise.

#TheyKnew #RubioReport


Remember #RussianRon? He spent the Fourth of July 2018 in Moscow. Maybe all the #MayDay flights were booked. @RonJohnsonWI (@SenRonJohnson).

#TheyKnew #RubioReport


Each one of these Republican senators violated their oaths, their consciences and their responsibilities.

But it’s worse now.

We’ve criticized their silence on @realdonaldtrump’s actions and words.


What the #RubioReport makes plain, though, is that #TheyKnew, and they’ve known all along, that Trump is unfit for office.

And they’ve helped him stay there.

[This piece was first published as a Twitter thread and turned into the above article on 21 August 2020 with the purpose of reaching a larger audience. It has been minorly edited and corrected. | The author of the tweets writes in a personal capacity.]

(Cover: Flickr/Gage Skidmore. - U.S. Senators Marco Rubio and Rand Paul speaking at the final Republican Party debate. | 28 January 2016. / Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.)

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