The dangers of COVID-19 are well-established, and yet high school football is set to begin in the state of Florida in just a couple of weeks.

That reality was the subject of a tone-deaf tweet sent out by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Saturday, HuffPost reports:

“Rubio shrugged off concerns about spreading COVID-19 among children at schools in his state. He quipped that people would be fine with teens suiting up for football if teams made a ‘few equipment & uniform changes’ so athletes resembled antifa protesters.  The dig was that large gatherings are apparently acceptable to many for protests — but not on a playing field featuring teenage athletes.”

That didn’t sit well with others on social media who reminded Rubio that the dangers of coronavirus are very real and that 172,000 Americans are dead as a result of the disease: