A Univision employee has drawn unlooked-for attention to the bilingual US TV network after calling Senator Marco Rubio (R --Fla.) a "loser" and a "token slave boy" on a Rubio staffer's Facebook page.
Angelica Artiles, executive assistant to Daniel Coronell, Univision's vice president of news, was apparently responding to the news that Rubio would make a kind of history by delivering the first bilingual rebuttal to the annual State of the Union address, according to the Washington Times.
Rubio's spokesman, Alex Burgos, announced last week that the Hispanic senator — widely seen as a key to the GOP's relevance to the Spanish-speaking demographic — would deliver the Republican response to President Obama's State of the Union speech on Tuesday.
"Oh. Wow, the loser is going to speak after our President," wrote Artiles on Burgos' page. "Anything to get publicity. Ask him to do us a favour and stay home that night."
The rant did not go unanswered. "While you may be content with mediocrity under this President, I am not," Burgos said. "And fortunately neither are patriots like Marco Rubio who have opportunities like next Tuesday night to offer an alternative way forward. I am proud to work for him and actually feel sorry for you for writing this."
Artiles looked to escalate the discussion, comparing the senator to a Disney dwarf, a "token slave boy" and a "fool." Burgos did not make any additional comments.
The Spanish-language juggernaut is well-known to have a left-leaning background, being owned by Democratic donor Haim Saban. The Times noted that a Univision account was also used last year to make the comment "Jeb Bush is more Latino and talented than him" on Rubio's own Facebook page.