“Just showing up isn’t that impressive; he works for those people,” Colbert said of the event, attended by about 7K people, including survivors and parents of victims of last week’s mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida.
Colbert said Rubio – aka “man who just received his cash from the NRA” – was the real star of the contentious event, though the crowd “wasn’t exactly with” the senator, in a masterstroke of understatement.
At one point, Rubio explained to the crowd the peril of banning semi-automatic weapons.
Talking them through the loopholes, Rubio warned, “once you start looking… you would literally have to ban every semi-automatic rifle that’s sold in America.”
The audience erupted in applause. This surprised the senator, who responded, “Okay. Fair enough.”
“That is a guy who cannot read the room,” Colbert snarked, accurately.
“Now, look, we’d have to get rid of guns and then it’s a slippery slop to fewer dead people. Oh, you’d like that?” Colbert joked, pretending to be the senator.