Little Marco

Little Marco

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Updated Jun 21, 2016 at 02:47PM EDT by Brad.

Added Mar 08, 2016 at 06:09PM EST by Ari Spool.

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"Little Marco" is a derogatory nickname given to Marco Rubio by Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican Presidential Primary. The nickname gained notoriety after Trump used it in the 11th GOP debate, followed by an incident where Rubio sat in a giant chair.


Trump had repeatedly referred Rubio's size at rallies throughout his campaign.[1] However, at the 11th GOP Debate in Detroit, Michigan on March 3th, 2016, Rubio and Trump began arguing over their views on employment, and Trump referred to Rubio as "This Little Guy" (1:40 in the below video). Rubio responded to the insult (minute 4:00 below), and they continue to argue; at the end of his response, the moderator proposes to ask another policy question. Rubio responds "let's see if he answers it!" to which Trump says, "Don't worry little Marco, I will," (4:48 below).


After the debate, #LittleMarco immediately took off as a hashtag[2]. Reporters like Sabrina Siddiqui tweeted about the nickname, and the online publication Slate claimed that American had just been "introduced" to "Little Marco." The hashtag received a substantial boost from Trump himself, who used it when he tweeted on March 5th that he believed that Fox News was favoring Rubio.

Slate Slate 2: Follow The world was introduced to Little Marco tonight. #GOPDebate 16 “LITTLE MARCO" FOX NEWS DEBAIE GIF channel RETWEETS LIKES 98 9:48 PM-3 Mar 2016 Donald J. Trump realDonaldTrump 2: Follow I am watching two clown announcers on @FoxNews as they try to build up failed presidential candidate #LittleMarco. Fox News is in the bag! RETWEETS LIKES 4,629 13,605 11囚Oil Eg 1:09 PM-5 Mar 2016

On March 4th, 2016, redditor rareunlimited submitted a photo of Marco Rubio sitting in a giant chair to the /r/PsBattle subreddit, where it gained 3,482 points (91% upvoted) and 216 responses.

The photo was originally taken by Elizabeth Frantz and published by the Concord Monitor when Rubio visited a furniture store in New Hampshire in August, 2015. The photoshops began to circulate through Twitter, Imgur, and elsewhere, eventually gaining attention from blogs like Gizmodo.

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