Though Donald Trump denied calling Marco Rubio “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator” in a heated exchange with CNBC debate moderator Becky Quick, the jab at Rubio appeared to be written on the GOP front-runner’s website.
During the debate, Quick asked Trump about his attacks towards Rubio, Politifact reports.
“You have talked a little bit about Marco Rubio. I think you called him [Facebook founder] Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator, because he was in favor of the H-1B visa,” she asked.
“I never said that. I never said that,” Trump responded.
“So this is an erroneous article the whole way around? … My apologies, I'm sorry,” Quick replied.
“Somebody's really doing some bad fact-checking,” Trump said.
Despite Trump’s denial during the exchange with Quick, it was subsequently determined that there was such a jab at Rubio and Zuckerberg on his website — possibly unbeknownst to Trump himself.
Here is a screenshot of the excerpt from Trump's immigration policy page, courtesy of Politifact:
The incriminating lines read as follows: “This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program. Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities."
Do you think Trump truly wasn’t aware of the Zuckerberg slam, or was he simply bluffing?