Everybody Loves Rand Paul — Except Donald Trump
If you walk around the exhibit hall at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) this morning, you’ll see stickers and t-shirts from the Young Americans for Liberty booth sporting the “Stand With Rand” slogan that was born during the Kentucky Senator’s 13-hour filibuster. The outpouring of support seems to be shared by attendees of all ages, not just “impressionable libertarians kids.”
While Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has managed to capative the conservative movement over the last couple of weeks, count Donald Trump, the real estate mogul turned reality TV star, who is not impressed.
During a radio interview this morning, Trump, who is scheduled to speak at CPAC on Friday, said that the filibuster “didn’t serve a purpose” and took up for Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who recently called Sen. Paul a “wacko bird”:
“I like John McCain. I don’t know Rand Paul,” said Trump. “I didn’t think the filibuster served a purpose.”
McCain slapped Paul’s filibuster, charging it was silly to think drones would be used to kill Americans. Paul, however, said filibustering the confirmation of CIA Director John Brennan was a necessary stand for libertarian principles.
“This didn’t serve a purpose,” sneered Trump in an interview on the Andrea Tantaros Show, a syndicated radio program. “They got a letter. The letter said ‘we are not going to bomb our own cities,’” said Trump Wednesday. That, he added, “is pretty obvious and I think that’s basically what John McCain is saying.”
Nevermind that Sen. Paul’s filibuster has sparked new interest in and reinvigorated the movement. Nevermind that it led to the Obama Administration stating they would not carry out drone strikes on American citizens on American soil. Let’s just look at the source for a moment.
This is the same guy who became a leading advocate of the absurd Birther conspiracy. This the same guy who backed out of moderating a Republican presidential debate because several candidates wanted to appear on stage with him. And this is the same guy who has pushed for bailouts, higher taxes, socialized medicine, and used eminent domain to take private property to enrich himself. Trump is about as crazy as you can get on foreign policy and he also recently tweeted that Ashley Judd, the actress considering a run against Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), is “going to be a great candidate.”
Wait, why is this guy even speaking at CPAC?