Would like to have a beer with Malala: US presidential candidate

Senator Rubio sparks controversy after saying he wants to have a drink with an underage Muslim

Web Desk November 06, 2015

Republican presidential candidate Senator Marco Rubio of Florida sparked controversy on Wednesday when he said he’d like to have a beer with Malala.

When asked who he’d like to have a beer with outside of the political world, Rubio said, “Malala!”

Rubio was asked the question during a question-and-answer session for “young professionals” at St Anselm College in New Hampshire.

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Malala, a Muslim teenager and underage for drinking in the US, famously defied the Taliban’s ban on female education in Pakistan, demanding that girls be allowed to attend schools. She was shot in the head by Taliban gunmen in 2012 but survived the attack.

Malala was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize in 2013 and 2014, making her the youngest person to receive a Nobel Peace Prize. Drinking alcohol is considered unlawful by most Muslims, and purchasing alcohol is illegal for Muslims in Pakistan.

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Many took to Twitter to express their disbelief at Rubio’s comment.



This article originally appeared on IB Times


Azmat Ali | 8 years ago | Reply Two mistakes on the part of Mr. Rubio. First, as an adult, he cannot invite a teenager to have a beer with him, even in a casual manner. Teenage drinking is a crime. Adults asking teenagers to have a drink with them will also constitute a crime. The second reason is because Malala is a muslim and is not expected to consume alcohol. As a candidate for the position of the President of United States, one is expected to understand such basic matters and respond accordingly. If he really wanted to meet Malala, his considered response should have been, "I would like to meet Malala over coffee or Ice Cream." Casual and understanding of the various angles of the answer.
Mian | 8 years ago | Reply @ajeet: What an attitude to justify your argument. Trust an Indian to make two wrongs sound right.Get some life man!
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