Rubio hits back at Buttigieg over same-sex marriage legislation

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(The hill) – Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) fired back at Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg Sunday after the Biden administration official called out the Florida senator for saying legislation protecting same-sex marriage would be a “dumb waste of time.”

Rubio, in a 58 second video on Twitter, called Buttigieg a”Harvard-educated Transportation Secretary” who, he said, did not know the difference between the state and federal levels.

The Florida Republican added that at the federal level, he focuses on “federal issues that matter to real people.”

“I’m going to give you a real problem. We have a Transportation Secretary named Pete Buttigieg, who thinks freeways can be racist. Who believes $5 gas. that kills American workers, is a good thing because it means people are going to drive less or because everyone is going to buy a $65,000 electric car with a Chinese battery,” he said.

He added that he will focus on the “real issues” and not an agenda he says is “dictated by a group of wealthy elite liberals” and a “group of Marxist misfits, who unfortunately now control the agenda of the modern Democratic Party today.”

Rubio posted the video a few hours later Buttigieg told CNN “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper that he didn’t know why Rubio wouldn’t have time to help protect same-sex marriages if he had time to fight Disney.

Buttigieg was responding to remarks made by Rubio after the House pushed forward the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify marriage rights for same-sex and interracial couples.

Democrats introduced the bill after concerns over Supreme Court justice At Clarence Thomas notice quashing Roe v. Wade, in which he also called on the court to review other rights, including marriage equality.

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