Marco Rubio Trends on Twitter After Enthusiastically Supporting Trump at Orlando Rally: He 'Drank the Trump Poison'

Florida Senator Marco Rubio sparked mass confusion and mockery online after he appeared at Donald Trump's 2020 reelection rally in Orlando, three years after the pair traded insults in the previous campaign.

Rubio tweeted several images and videos showing his support for Trump while attending the rally at the Amway Center, adding that there was "no better place to kickoff a campaign for President than the Sunshine State."

"The road to #Victory2020 runs through Florida Let's go!" he said.

Rubio's appearance and enthusiastic support for Trump surprised many on Twitter, given the pair's previous vitriolic feud during the 2016 presidential campaign. Among some of the schoolyard insults the pair exchanged included Rubio describing Trump as a "con artist" who would "make America orange," with Trump also continuously referring to Rubio as "Little Marco."

"Still fascinating to see Rubio—whom Trump mocked and abused like a rented mule, calling him a 'con man' and 'nasty guy'—sit, stand and applaud when Trump commands," tweeted Orlando Sentinel reporter Scott Maxwell.

"So, Little Marco, do you always get to keep the trophy for Senator With the Least Amount of Dignity or do you have to share it with Ted Cruz?" added Twitter user @SuperJonny64.

During the 2016 primaries, Marco Rubio called Donald Trump a “con artist” and suggested he’s a “lunatic” who can’t be trusted with nuclear weapons.

Here‘s a fundraising email from him tonight 👇

— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) June 19, 2019

I’ll never vote for Rubio or Graham again. It’s one thing to tolerate Trump and work with him when you have to but cheerleading crosses the line. Rubio damn well knows what kind of man Trump is. He is a smart guy. But he cheerleads because it gives him power & influence.

— Jeff Kemp (@jkempcpa) June 19, 2019

"Very strange, for those of who covered 2016 campaign, to see Sen Marco Rubio smiling and chuckling in this audience," tweeted Michael Barbaro, host of The New York Times podcast "The Daily."

Rubio took exception to this one tweet in particular, replying to it with a sarcastic remark while justifying his presence at the rally.

"BREAKING In an unprecedented move a Republican Senator attended a rally in his home state in support of the re-election of a Republican President," Rubio wrote.

"BTW, this is the same reporter who in 2015 after 3 weeks of meticulous investigative journalism uncovered that my wife had traffic tickets, I had a fishing boat & my home has big windows. And in 2016 he broke the story that I had some boots with higher heel.

"As opposed to smiling & chuckling at a rally for a radical liberal candidate for President who will undo policies to confront China, reduce regulations & taxes, defend liberty in Venezuela & protect the unborn?" Rubio added rhetorically while backing some of Trump's policies.

"Marco Rubio drank the Trump poison and now it oozes from his twitter fingers," MSNBC host Lawrence O'Donnell tweeted in reply to Rubio's outburst.

During the war of words in 2016, Trump told Fox News that Rubio was a "lightweight" who "couldn't get elected dogcatcher" in Florida. Rubio also mocked Trump at a campaign rally in Kennesaw, Georgia, for flying around on "Hair Force One" and describing him as having the "worst spray tan in America."

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (front row) Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) listen as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during his rally where he announced his candidacy for a second presidential term at the Amway Center on June 18, 2019 in Orlando, Florida Joe Raedle/Getty