Val Demings Calls Rubio's Attempts To Label Her a Socialist 'Disgraceful'


Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) is suggesting Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is “desperate” after attempting to label her as a socialist.

Co-host of “The View” Ana Navarro asked Demings what her response is to Rubio and others who call her a socialist.

“Desperate people do desperate things. To tell you the truth, I am offended that Marco Rubio would try to use the pain and suffering of people… who fled communism,” Demings said on Tuesday.

She added, “That Rubio would try to use their pain and suffering to make you afraid of me. I think that is disgraceful. I think it is disgusting.”

Watch her comments below:

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Demings went on to launch her own attacks on Rubio, saying he “doesn’t show up,” adding, “And when he does. He does not have the courage to fight for Floridians or fight for the people that he is supposed to represent.”

She continued, “When things get a little shaky for him, he’s just like the wind. Any way the wind blows, it is cool with him. He’s afraid of a tough fight — I am not.”

Check out more of her comments below:

Demings officially launched her campaign against Rubio earlier this month, as IJR reported.

“I’m running for U.S. Senate because I will never tire of standing up for what is right. Never tire of serving Florida. Never tire of doing good,” Demings tweeted.

During a Fox News interview earlier this month, Rubio told the outlet, “None of them will admit to being a socialist. She probably won’t. But she certainly has voted for socialist things.”

Demings responded to Rubio’s remarks, saying, “I am not.” 

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She continued, “I have dedicated my life to public service. I spent the overwhelming majority of that time, 27 years, as a law enforcement officer. I served as the chief of police. … Desperate people will do and say desperate things. And I don’t blame Rubio and the GOP for being very concerned about me running for the United States Senate against Marco Rubio.”

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