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Rubio References Fall of Rome: 'Breakdown of Societal Norms and Behaviors'

Rubio References Fall of Rome: 'Breakdown of Societal Norms and Behaviors'
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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 05:56 PM

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., referenced the fall of ancient Rome during a discussion with reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying a "breakdown of societal norms and behaviors" contributed to the city's demise in the fifth century.

"I'm not saying America is Rome, but if you look at the history of Rome . . . one interesting thing about Rome at its peak, one of the things that Rome did very well was it was able to include people," Rubio said, according to a CNN producer who posted a transcript of Rubio's media session on Twitter. 


"In essence, at the peak of the Roman Empire, they had Britons, Spaniards, North Africans, Greeks, Egyptians, they were very good at integrating people."

Rubio then talked about ancient Rome's downfall before the empire collapsed in 476.

"But what tore them apart were two things, two main things. One of them is they had kind of a recalcitrant Senate that refused to address the issues of the day, they just dug in, they wouldn't move on anything," he said.

"And the other thing that doesn't get enough attention is there was a complete and total breakdown of societal norms and behaviors. In essence, what people were allowed to do and say, not legally, but culturally and morally."

Rubio's answer was in response to a question that referenced Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn. who are not running for reelection next year after publicly feuding with President Donald Trump. 

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Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., referenced the fall of ancient Rome during a discussion with reporters on Capitol Hill Wednesday, saying a "breakdown of societal norms and behaviors" contributed to the city's demise in the fifth century.
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