Rand Paul seems to be oblivious to the fact that in the information age when one makes a public utterance — especially when one is in the public eye as often as a politician is — that utterance lives on forever.
As Paul tries to re-brand himself as a moderate for a run at the Republican nomination for President in 2016, he has repeatedly denied making statements that make him an unappealing candidate to vast numbers of people. This is particularly true of the things he has said about civil rights for minorities, statements that have come into the limelight this month as he attempts to court minority voters.
Who better to call him out on his inaccuracies than Rachel Maddow? Maddow seemed to take great pleasure in pointing out that he can deny all of the things he has said in the past, but that he’s acting like the baby who hides his eyes believing that if he can’t see you, you cannot see him.
Maddow began by playing a clip from his appearance on her show in May, 2010. Here, she asked him about his stance on the civil rights act, which he had recently said in an interview with the Louisville Courier-Journal had over-reached by requiring any business open to the public to also serve African-Americans.
In the fashion for which he has become famous, Paul danced around the issue saying that he supported nine tenths of the law, meaning he supported the other 9 titles but not that one, the one that is the most far reaching and without which most of the rest would have been meaningless.
“And we have never seen him since,” a smiling Maddow said leaning into the camera.
She did however have new footage of his interview on Friday with NBC’s Casey Hunt following his speech at the National Urban League Conference in which he looked her straight in the eye and lied.
“You noted in your speech you support the Civil Rights Act,” Hunt said. “But specifically, do you think that private businesses should be allowed to discriminate based on race?”
Predictably, Paul replied with a terse, “No.”
“So you’ve changed from when you said before you were concerned about that title?” She asked.
“I never said before,” Paul lied.
From there Rachel went on to gleefully excoriate Paul for insisting that he never said the things that everyone knows he said, laughing at the way he seems to think that if he says it didn’t happen often enough it will just go away, even though it is there on tape for the world to see.
This is a man who thinks that he is qualified to lead the nation as he tells its citizens that they should believe him rather than their own lying eyes and ears.
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