Some people don’t think twice before opening their mouth and saying something completely ridiculous — and just like a few other presidential candidates, Marco Rubio never fails to disappoint with his verbal gaffes.
The Florida senator recently took part in a question-and-answer session with young professionals at Anselm College in New Hampshire, and made one of the most absurd statements of his campaign so far.
In one of the most common and relatively simple queries, someone asked Rubio who he would like to have a beer with outside of the political world. Seemingly perturbed with the easiest question a politician could be asked, the candidate chose retired professional football star Dan Marino and Russian chess master Garry Kasparov — two respectable choices.
However, his third choice is drawing plenty of jokes online.
Apparently, Rubio would also like to have a chat over beer with Pakistani activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai — which is quite odd, considering she is not only a devout Muslim, but is three years away from the legal drinking age.
Rubio asked who he'd want to have a beer with who's not a politician. He says Malala. Is that legal yet?— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) November 4, 2015
Islamic laws do not allow alcohol consumption, and since the 18-year-old hails from a country where it is illegal for Muslims to buy alcoholic beverages, it is unlikely that she would be up for Rubio’s offer.
Apart from cultural insensitivity, the strangest thing about his answer was that if Rubio is really vying to become the next president of the United States, the least he could do is not get confused while answering such uncomplicated questions.
Rubio wanting to have a beer with Malala isn't just the oddest thing from this campaign, they're the weirdest words ever strung together.— Jim Jividen (@JimJividen) November 4, 2015
LOVED that time Marco Rubio talked about wanting to grab a beer with Malala. Cultural competency at its finest.— Maryam Elarbi (@MaryamLRB) November 5, 2015
Yousafzai gained international recognition after the Taliban shot her in the head for advocating female education in Pakistan’s rural Swat Valley in 2012. She survived the attack, went on to write a book, becoming a global activist for women’s education. In 2014, she also became the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize.