Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., a vocal critic of Venezuela strongman Nicolas Maduro, on Sunday posted a cryptic tweet a cryptic showing a graphic photo of Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi just before his death in 2011.
The tweet contained no message from Rubio.
It followed a Saturday post by Rubio which included a before-and-after shot of military strongman Manuel Noriega, including his arrest photo from Miami in 1988 as a narcotics racketeer. Noriega died in May 2017 in Panama City.
That tweet didn’t have any commentary either.
Social media had no problem interpreting Rubio’s message in the Gadaffi tweet.
Former Obama administration spokesman Tommy Vietor called it “sick” and warned it only gets in the way of efforts to provide humanitarian relief to the people of Venezuela.
Reason editor Jesse Walker tweeted the post was akin to Rubio saying “Hey! Let’s have another Libya.”
The tweet came on the heels of a deadly Saturday in Venezuela, as protesters were killed trying to help deliver humanitarian aid over the refusal of Maduro.
Rubio, along with President Donald Trump and the administration, has recognized opposition leader Juan Guaido as the legitimate head of the Venezuelan government.
According to the Daily Beast, Rubio had cheered Gaddafi’s death, and criticized Obama for not going far enough in his military intervention in Libya.
“If you’re an enemy of the United States and we have a chance to take a shot at you in a way that doesn’t hurt us, and has a chance of being successful, we’re probably going to take it,” Rubio said at the time, the Weekly Standard reported.
“There’s a price to pay for being an enemy of the United States.”
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