Marco Rubio: Orlando Nightclub Attack The New Face Of The War On Terror

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., the son of Cuban immigrants, waits to make a statement at a news conference where he expressed his disappointment in President Barack Obama's initiative to normalize relations between the United States and Cuba, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Sen. Marco Rubio reacted to the news of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, reminding Americans that it was one more example of the ongoing war on terrorism.

In an interview with CNN, Rubio asserted that every indication from law enforcement officials was that it was an act inspired by radical Islam.

“I think we have to continue to explain to people, this is the new face of the war on terror,” Rubio said. “They have said openly that they intend to target us here.”

Rubio suggested the likely radicalized individual shooter struck a soft target to create a high body count.

“It’s a reminder that the war on terror has evolved into something that we’ve never had to confront before,” he said. “Individuals capable of conducting these sorts of massacres unexpectedly in places you know that you wouldn’t normally associate with the kind of attacks that you see.”

The fact that the attack occurred at a gay night club, Rubio asserted, was likely because of radical Islam’s hatred towards gays and lesbians.

“It is quite frankly not surprising that they would target this community in this horrifying way,” he said.