Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) mocked the criticism from Politico over his quoting the Bible in a tweet that chided their description of the “most Republican part of the Bible.”
“Proverbs is the Republican part of the bible?” he tweeted. “I don’t think Solomon had yet joined the GOP when he wrote the first 29 chapters of Proverbs.”
In the Politico article, Yale professor Joel Baden criticizes the Florida Senator for apparently tweeting too many verses from the book of Proverbs.
“Proverbs is notable in that is presents a fairly consistent view of the world: The righteous are rewarded, and the wicked are punished,” he writes. “In the understanding of Proverbs, everyone gets what is coming to them; behavior is directly linked to reward or punishment. This worldview has social consequences: Those who succeed in life must be more righteous than those who struggle.”
Baden cites one other Republican politician quoting Proverbs before proclaiming, “In short: Proverbs is probably the most Republican book of the entire Bible.”
He goes on to cite other Republicans quoting the book, and adds that Democrat President Bill Clinton also used a quotation from Proverbs.
The tweet before Rubio’s jab at Politico was itself from Proverbs.