Rand Paul is always good for a laugh, and his recent interview with Salon was no exception. He said several things that would bring a smile to the face of a Beef Eater standing guard outside Buckingham Palace, but his response to a question about how he might attract minority voters given some of his past remarks would have had that guard holding his sides in laughter.
“Well, I think that I simply point to my record. I don’t think there has been anybody who has been a bigger defender of minority rights in the Congress than myself,” the Senator said.
This is the same man who was chosen by the Michigan Republican Party to speak at the launch of its new African-American Engagement Office in Detroit last December, where he spoke to a mostly white audience telling them that the opening of the office signified the “beginning of a new Republican Party.”
That same month he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday that it was a disservice to the unemployed, particularly those who are black, to extend unemployment benefits beyond 26 weeks because it encouraged them to “become part of this perpetual unemployed group in our economy.”
In March of this year he appeared at U.C. Berkley where he told the audience that if President Obama was acting more black he would have stopped the NSA from collecting information on the American people.
The list goes on and on, from claiming that as a member of the Tea Party, he is just as much a minority as if he were black, and saying that he would never have voted for the Civil Rights Act because it is wrong to tell a business owner that he cannot refuse to serve anyone because of their race.
“Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant?” He asked when Rachel Maddow challenged him on a business owners right to discriminate.
Paul called all the talk about his lack of appeal to minorities “partisan” politics.
“I don’t think there’s anything out there that people are going to say, ‘Oh, look at this, this means that you’re a racist,’ or something, and I think if they do, they probably pigeonhole themselves as being unreasonable by making that kind of comment,” he told Salon.
Clearly, Rand is still laboring under the mistaken notion that he can make blatant racially offensive remarks and still convince minorities to vote for him.
h/t: Daily Kos