During an interview with a group of reporters, Jones interrupted Rubio, calling him a “frat boy” and “a little gangster thug,” after Rubio tried to brush off his comments about social media platforms’ “purge of conservatives.” Jones continued to heckle the senator throughout the interview until the confrontation escalated when he touched Rubio’s shoulder.
“Hey, don’t touch me again, man. I’m asking you not to touch me again,” Rubio said.
“Well, sure, I just patted you nicely,” Jones responded before asking if the senator was going to have him arrested.
“I don’t know who you are. You’re not gonna get arrested, man. You’re not gonna get arrested. I’ll take care of it myself,” Rubio said.
“Oh, you’ll beat me up. Look at him, he’s so mad,” Jones replied. “You’re not going to silence me. You’re not gonna silence America. You are a little gangster thug. Rubio just threatened to physically take care of me.”
The press conference was held outside a Senate hearing in which Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey testified about the work they’re doing to combat foreign campaign interference via tech firms.