Marco Rubio Says Forget the Dead Lion, Focus on Aborted Fetuses Instead

rubio1Anyone who knows me personally knows that I’m a huge animal person. While I’m not some radical like those fools over at PETA, or someone who thinks animals should have the same rights as humans, I do fully believe that anyone who abuses animals is a sick individual.


Even hunting is a gray area for me. While I’m fine with hunters who eat what they kill, I do have a problem with those who “kill for sport.” It’s just never been a phrase that sat right with me. I can’t comprehend how people can get legitimate joy from killing something. I’ve often seen animals – even those in the wild – show fear, love and friendship toward other animals and even people. While they’re not humans, that doesn’t mean they don’t enjoy life or have emotions. Anyone who has pets knows firsthand that animals have very strong emotions. Heck, my dogs go bananas when I come home from being gone. They’re like extremely excited children on Christmas morning – who drank 10 cans of Mountain Dew followed by a pack of Red Bull.

So, when I read about the killing of Cecil the Lion, I was furious. Now I’m not saying I place an animal’s life above a human, but to lure an animal out of a sanctuary meant to protect him from being hunted and slaughtered just to kill him is perverse. Not only that, but it wasn’t as if his death was quick. First he was apparently shot with an arrow, which only wounded him. It’s then believed that the hunting party then spent two days (while Cecil was wounded and suffering) tracking the animal, before finally shooting him with a rifle. 

Oh, and then they beheaded and skinned him.

Naturally, a lot of people were irate when hearing of this news – and rightfully so. It seems I’m not the only one who believes that killing for pleasure is fairly sick.

However, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio isn’t among those overly concerned with the brutal killing of a beloved lion. He took to Twitter to express his belief that people should stop worrying about a lion and instead focus on fetuses:

Classy Rubio, real classy.


First, the Planned Parenthood thing is mostly right-wing fabricated nonsense. It’s already been well established that the video Republicans keep harping on about was heavily edited. Though, I will admit that the rather candid way in which the Planned Parenthood representatives discuss these issues isn’t exactly ideal. I’m pro-choice, but I’m not exactly pro-abortion. I believe a woman has the right to choose for herself, but that doesn’t mean I’m a cheerleader for abortion.

However, Rubio’s tweet display an even greater ignorance. It’s the inability for Republicans to simply accept the fact that abortion is legal and protected by our Constitution. Even if you want to take the Planned Parenthood videos for what these conservative groups claim it represents, it doesn’t change the fact that they’re talking about fetuses from women who exercised their Constitutionally protected right.

Yet, instead of just keeping his mouth shut about the issue (which is what he should have done in this instance) he had to try to exploit and politicize the anger many felt over the brutal death of an innocent animal to try to make some asinine point about abortion.

That being said, I would encourage everyone to contact Sen. Rubio and let him know what you think about the disgusting slaughter of Cecil the Lion. Might I also suggest you voice your support for Planned Parenthood as well.

Trust me, he’ll love it.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Allahu Akbar!

    All though I am pro choice those videos were absolutely disgusting and planned Parenthood needs to fire all those involved.Not a single tax dollar should be given to them either.

    • scatternerd

      For what? Donating (not selling) fetal tissue to scientific research? And only with the woman’s approval?

    • Natattackz

      You mean the (poorly) edited videos that made donating fetal tissue look like some sort of money-making scheme for PP? The costs she was talking about are the costs associated with TRANSPORTING the tissue. I’m sorry you’re too stupid to understand that.

      • Matt Gilliam

        The videos are available totally unedited if you look for them and they make Planned Parenthood look worse. Nice job trying to lie, however.

      • Natattackz

        How does it feel to be so wrong? PP was cleared after the investigation in Indiana. How much do you want to bet that they’ll be cleared in all other states, as well?

    • Natattackz

      Oh and, btw, PP is legally barred from using any federal money in their abortion programs already. But you wouldn’t know this because you’re a moron.

      • Matt Gilliam

        You don’t know that if you give somebody money for one thing that allows them to slide more money around for other things. My daughter was given a $2500 scholarship to go to college. What that means is that I have $2500 more dollars, to do with as I please. I’ll likely use it to go on a safari (of course, I’m being facetious with the safari, the point being, I might put that $2500 to a use that the organization that gave her the scholarship might not approve of). If they don’t want that to happen, they might decide not to give the money.

  • Erma

    Marco the one-trick-pony jumps through the right hoop again! Someone give that pretty boy a cookie… 🙂

    • Kaye Gohsman

      ha ha ha ha…. good one Erma

  • kathy_lowen

    It’s really getting annoying to keep hearing about these dopey conservative “false equivalencies” (aka, “no matter what everyone else thinks, my POV and priorities are always more important…”).