While I haven’t written much about him lately, Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) remains one of the Republicans who I loathe the most. He’s just become mostly irrelevant outside of continuing to try to latch on to the remnants of his father’s remaining “Paul bot” fan club.
That said, being the spineless coward that he is, with dreams of being this country’s president one day, Paul’s done what most other members of the GOP have done: Sold out to Donald Trump.
For example, his comments on Meet the Press Sunday when he said it’s “unfair” for people to call Trump a racist following his “sh*thole” comments concerning immigrants from Haiti and African nations.
“I think it’s unfair to sort of paint him, ‘oh well, he’s a racist,’ when I know for a fact that he cares very deeply about the people of Haiti,” Paul told Chuck Todd.
The fact Paul said, with a straight face, that he knows “for a fact” that Trump cares about the people of Haiti — or anyone else besides himself, for that matter — is a testament to how much of a professional liar he is.
But I’ll give Paul the benefit of the doubt here and agree that one incident/poor comment some people feel was racist shouldn’t instantly label someone as such. None of us are human, we all make mistakes.
The problem is, this isn’t the first blatantly racist thing Trump’s said or done — not even close.
Let’s do a rundown of many (though not all) of the racist things Trump’s said or done:
- His company settled a lawsuit with the Department of Justice for racially discriminating against minorities by not renting to them.
- He was found guilty of setting up a fake anti-gambling organization that used racism and bigotry against Native Americans trying to block a tribe’s attempt to open a competing casino.
- Retweeted blatant anti-African American propaganda created by white supremacists.
- Initially refused to specifically condemn the groups of white supremacists who set up a hate march in Charlottesville.
- Said that there were some “fine people” among the white nationalists and neo-Nazis who marched through Charlottesville chanting “Jews will not replace us” while carrying torches — while claiming that some of the people who showed up to demonstrate against the white nationalists and Nazis were to blame for the violence.
- Played dumb about knowing who white supremacist and former Grand Wizard of the KKK David Duke is when he was asked to denounce his endorsement.
- He said most Mexican immigrants are “rapists and criminals.”
- Claimed that an American-born federal judge of Mexican heritage couldn’t do his job ethically.
- He retweeted propaganda from an anti-Islam/anti-immigrant far-right group from the U.K.
- Called NFL players who protested racial injustice during the National Anthem “sons of bitches,” a term he’s never used to describe white nationalists, the KKK, or neo-Nazis.
- Constantly seizes on any attacks involving Muslims to push anti-Islam propaganda, while often ignoring even more deadly attacks carried out by white males.
- Spent years pushing the racially-driven birther conspiracy against Barack Obama.
- Pardoned blatantly racist former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio.
- Has used rhetoric both during his campaign and his “presidency” that’s frequently drawn praise from white supremacists.
The list goes on and on.
So, no, Rand Paul, you don’t get to criticize those of us who called Trump a racist over his “sh*thole” comment because this is just one incident in a long, and always-growing, list of them.
As I said earlier, yes, it’s unfair to call someone a racist for saying or doing one thing that many might perceive as being racist. Again, we all make mistakes and I’m willing to forgive a remorseful person who admits their fault.
He’s someone who’s shown no remorse, who has a long and growing history of saying and doing blatantly racist things while never once apologizing for any of them.
Donald J. Trump is a racist — period.
Watch Paul’s comment below via NBC News:
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