Sen. Rubio Roasted After Tweeting About ‘Marshall Law’

Officials in the United States are trying to tamp down rumors about a national quarantine.

The Associated Press reported on Monday that intelligence officials found that disinformation is being spread in the country, by foreign entities, about a possible national quarantine or implementation of martial law to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tried to reassure Americans that the government was not implementing martial law, but he instead sparked a fresh round of mockery for a in typo his tweet.

“Please stop spreading stupid rumors about marshall law. COMPLETELY FALSE.”

The typo led “Marshall Law” to trend on Twitter as users ripped the senator for error:

Merriam-Webster Dictionary weighed in and shared an article on the difference between martial and marshal:

Officials told the AP that over the past few days, residents of several states have received false or misleading text messages claiming that states will begin lockdowns to stop the spread of the virus.

Additionally, the officials told the AP that the foreign actors are trying to sow fear in the U.S. by disseminating such rumors. 

Acting Deputy Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli dismissed claims that the federal government was “shutting down the United States.”

“Hey folks, we’re not shutting down the United States. Lots of serious misinformation being peddled out there!”

The White House National Security Council sought to dispel such rumors on Sunday night in a tweet, “Text message rumors of a national [quarantine] are FAKE. There is no national lockdown.”


  1. Marshal Law is somone I attended HS with. His family emigrated as “Lowenstein”.

    Marshall Law (sic) is/was a popular alternate graphic novel. q.v. Judge Dredd.

    Public speakers mis-speak. It’s a human thing. Doing so repeatedly is a pattern and may indicate other issues. q.v Gropin’ Joe, Bernie’s praise of commie dictatorships.

    1. Other examples of repeated patterns that may indicate other issues would be: the Revolutionary soldiers “took over the airports.” He was watching the police and fireman at the “7-Eleven Ground Zero.” The reaction to COVID_19 was a “Democrat hoax.” Praising PM Varadkar of Ireland for the “UK response” to COVID-19. Telling the PM Modi not to worry about China because his country does not share a border with China. And every Christian’s favorite, “Two Corinthians.” I could go on and on and on.
      Then we have Trump claiming on the global stage that he did not believe the U.S. Intel community, that Putin said he did not interfere in the election and he didn’t know why he would. And of course who could forget his love affair with Kim Jung Un? Praise for Kim, MBS, Erdogan, Bolsonaro, Putin, Duturte, Xi, el-Sissi–all dictators.
      “Doing so repeatedly is a pattern and may indicate other issues.” SEE! You and I can agree.

  2. An unfortunate use case on how easily false information can be spread to cause panic and confusion.

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