Liberals really must learn the old adage about engaging brains before opening mouths, especially when they sense a chance to attack the right.
Florida state Rep. Anna Eskamani offers an example.
On Thursday, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis is scheduled to sit down for an interview with podcaster Dave Rubin at The Plaza Live in Orlando.
Rubin, host of “The Rubin Report” on the Blaze Network, promoted the interview on Facebook. He also promised ticket-purchasers a copy of his new book, “Don’t Burn This Country.”
Eskamani, a left-wing Orlando Democrat, smelled an affront to Pride Month, and an opportunity for some troll-shaming.
“Wow. Super disappointed to see The Plaza Live hosting an event w/DeSantis next week — this is literally in one of the most #LGBTQ+ friendly parts of Orlando and during Pride Month too. Orlandoans deserve better than this culture war BS,” she said on Twitter on Friday about Rubin’s Facebook post.
“And it’s not just DeSantis,” Eskamani added in a follow-up tweet. “The guy hosting him is awful too.”
With that comment, Eskamani posted a screenshot of a tweet Rubin offered criticizing New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul’s promotion of a policy change that allows drivers in her state to add an “X” to their license instead of identifying as male or female.
Yeah, the problem is that Rubin is … gay.
Conservatives were more than happy to correct Eskamani about her ignorance.
DeSantis’ spokeswoman Christina Pushaw tweeted, “Anna, @RubinReport is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Bad look for you to be gatekeeping.”
Jeremy Redfern, spokesman for the Florida Department of Health, added in a tweet, Anna… Not sure if you know this, but @RubinReport is already married.” The post included a photo of Rubin with his husband.
Rubin, however, got in the final trolling.
In a series of tweets directly to Eskamani, he posted, “Hi Representative Eskamani, my husband and I would like to invite you to the event as our guest. First row seats, let me know…No need for the homophobia. Please come to the event and see what it’s all about!”
“Despite your obvious homophobia and bigotry (you think all gay people must think the same way, which is the very definition of prejudice), my offer to come to the show still stands.”
When Eskamani lamely replied that she would attend but “only” if she got on the stage to debate Rubin and DeSantis, Rubin offered a retort.
“Lol how ridiculous @AnnaForFlorida,” he tweeted. “1K people bought tickets to see me and the governor. I’m not giving you a second of that time. I invited you to see what freedom, liberty, and Florida are truly all about. I’ll gladly debate you at another venue in the future.”