‘They want to destroy us all’ Beaten Rubio Canvasser Gives Impassioned Speech, Democrats Make Excuses
Christopher Monzon, the GOP canvasser for Sen. Marco Rubio, who was beaten last Sunday in Hialeah in what has been widely regarded as a politically motivated attack, had a clear message for his fellow Republicans.
“They want to destroy us all,” Monzon said. “They’re not hiding it anymore.”
Monzon delivered the defiant speech on Sunday at a small rally in Miami Springs and told the story of how he was attacked in an East Hialeah neighborhood last Sunday while passing out GOP fliers and wearing campaign gear for Rubio and Governor Ron DeSantis. “I was just doing my job,” he said. “They told me, ‘You can’t cross through here.”
Monzon detailed the rest of what he claims his assailants said to him, including “We don’t want you Republicans giving out your campaign propaganda here in our neighborhood,” “F*** Marco Rubio,” and “Get out of here, or we’re going to beat you down. You’re lucky we don’t fill you up with lead right now.”
“Get out of here, or we’re going to beat you down. You’re lucky we don’t fill you up with lead right now.”
In the speech, Monzon detailed the role politics played in the beating, something one Twitter user doubted.
In a speech at a GOP rally, Rubio canvasser Christopher Monzon has suddenly remembered a whole slew of details about the attack he originally didn't say was political at all. https://t.co/kYghzXsMKT pic.twitter.com/pKWRuWhLH0
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) October 30, 2022
While it’s true Monzon did not mention the motive of his assailants in the first interview on the night of the beating, he did once some time had passed since the trauma. Twitter user Josh Marshall implied that this was evidence of lying. Rubio rebuked this position.
New evidence & a 2nd arrest discredited the narrative pushed by a “journalist” at the dying Miami Herald about the attack on a GOP canvasser in #Florida
And instead of focusing on the criminals who did this she emails questions that show she plans to smear the victim as a liar pic.twitter.com/JcAudvplwE
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 26, 2022
Rubio is referring to an arrest affidavit of one of the assailants, Javier Lopez, in which Lopez admitted to assaulting Monzon. Both assailants have a history of crime, according to the Miami Herald. Fox News writes that “Lopez “rushed the victim and threw him on the ground,” and then Casanova “began to kick the victim on the head as he was on the ground.” The affidavit admits that the pair instructed their German Shepherds to attack Monzon. According to the Miami Herald, Lopez’s mother claims the attack was not politically motivated but was not present at the assault.
Other users sought to justify the attack by attacking Monzon’s character.
Maybe stop hiring white supremacist canvassers? LGBTQ+ people are attacked, beaten, and/or killed for "being who they are"by Christian Nationalists on a weekly basis. Isn't THAT also wrong? Stop spewing hate speech, GOP, and you'll stop the violence.https://t.co/BVHZQ4wW83
— @MysteryTour (@docwilkerson) October 25, 2022
Whatever you say, lil Marco… Maybe you shouldn't be hiring known White Supremacists with a history of racial violence and hate speech. https://t.co/SuR3aoIqaB
— Todd Humphreys (@todd_humphreys) October 27, 2022
Rubio also condemned these approaches, calling them “shameful,” “disgusting,” and “grotesque.”
When a republican volunteer is savagely beaten the traditional media treats the victim as the criminal and the criminal as a nice young man who likes fishing & just made a mistake
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 25, 2022
Rubio stressed that focusing on the victim was inappropriate and noted that the motive of the assailants was irrelevant, as it was a crime regardless. Instead, he pointed towards media coverage as being politically motivated.
It’s disgusting how since Monday some in local South #Florida media have been justifying the brutal beating of a GOP canvasser by smearing the victim over past views he has rejected & now regrets#Sayfie pic.twitter.com/Oi1DVVqyxl
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 28, 2022
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