Update: Now just 2 days later, multiple updates have come out surrounding the Marco Rubio volunteer canvasser who was attacked while wearing his Marco Rubio campaign shirt, along with a Ron DeSantis hat. On Tuesday, the first arrest was made, when suspect Javier Lopez was arrested for the beat down on Rubio’s volunteer. Since Tuesday’s arrest, another arrest has been made on Wednesday. Jonathan Alexander Casanova is alleged to have joined Javier Lopez in the attack.
Marco Rubio Tweeted alleging that the media isn’t giving the victim the same benefit of the doubt that others get. The media chose to repeatedly make the point to claim the attack had to evidence that supported it being politically motivated, at times even alleging that he may have had a hand in becoming the victim of a vicious assault.
According to Marco Rubio’s Twitter, currently unreleased surveillance footage and the police report serve as evidence that the media were “biased & irresponsible the narrative they were pushing was”
Local media spent 2 days treating the GOP canvasser who was attacked as a criminal & denying the attack was politically motivated
Now a second arrest,a police report & surveillance video shows how biased & irresponsible the narrative they were pushing was pic.twitter.com/VdpyXQhrgV
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) October 26, 2022
Monday, Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio announced on Twitter that one of his campaign canvassers was seriously injured while knocking on doors as part of his campaign. In his tweet, he mentioned that the volunteer suffered from internal bleeding and a broken jaw. According to the tweet, the volunteer was attacked by four “animals” and told Republicans weren’t allowed in the neighborhood.
Senator Rubio is currently up for reelection in the November 8th elections and is running against Congresswoman Val Demings. As of today, according to FiveThirtyEight, Rubio is ahead in the polls with a 4.8% lead.
A few Democrats have come forward in response to the tweet sending condolences and mentioning they are “not the party of violence.” Though clearly in this case there was definitely some violence since the volunteer will need facial reconstructive surgery.
Since the initial reporting surrounding the Sen. (R)-FL. Marco Rubio volunteer who was attacked while canvassing for Rubio’s campaign in Hialeah, Florida, Fox News has since reported that the police have made one arrest so far. One suspect in the attack, according to the police report published by Florida’s Local 10 News, identified Javier Lopez as a suspect. While the canvasser was walking in the neighborhood, Lopez is alleged to have said “You can’t pass by here, this is my neighborhood.” Following the interaction, Lopez is alleged to have rushed at the canvasser, then continued to punch, kick, and slam him into the ground. The canvasser sustained multiple injuries, and according to Sen. Rubio via Twitter “He suffered internal bleeding, a broken jaw & will need facial reconstructive surgery.”