Marco Rubio tries to rally online mob to harass Salt Bae

Turkish chef Nusret Gökçe, or Salt Bae, has drawn the ire of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fl.) after videos surfaced of the chef hugging and serving Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro.

Rubio blasted Gökçe—who went viral last year after he Instagrammed a video of him sprinkling salt onto a piece of meat—for serving Maduro at one of his restaurants.

The chef served the president, who has been criticized for his leadership in Venezuela—where many of its citizens are reportedly living in poverty and without proper access to food—at a restaurant in Istanbul, WPLG 10, a local news station in Florida, reports.

Salt Bae posted videos of Maduro at his restaurant on his Instagram account before deleting them, according to the Miami Herald.

The Herald, which downloaded the video before it was deleted, reports that the video showed Maduro smoking a cigar and receiving a shirt showing Gökçe sprinkling salt.

The images of Salt Bae and Maduro together was too much for Rubio to handle, however, and he asked his 3.63 million followers to make their opinions known to the viral chef.

“I don’t know who this weirdo #Saltbae is, but the guy he is so proud to host is not the President of #Venezuela. He is actually the overweight dictator of a nation where 30% of the people eat only once a day & infants are suffering from malnutrition,” Rubio wrote in a series of tweets. “This guy @nusr_ett who admires dictator @NicolasMaduro so much actually owns a steakhouse in, of all places, #Miami. It’s called NUSR-ET STEAKHOUSE MIAMI…”

The senator also posted the phone number and address of the restaurant in a string of tweets that started last night and is still going on this morning.

Rubio wasn’t alone in his anger directed at the chef.

As of Tuesday morning, Gökçe has not addressed the situation on any of his social media accounts, apart from deleting the videos.

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