During his inaugural address, President Joe Biden gave everyone a chance to pick which side they’re on. He called out the professional liars, the racists, and the insurrectionists. But he made clear that everyone else is welcome in this era, no matter what party they belong to or what their ideological views might be.
This means that all you have to do is not be a racist, liar, or insurrectionist, and you’re in the clear. But Republican Senator Rand Paul, one of the most obviously tone deaf people in the country, decided to go the other way with it.
Rand Paul went on Fox News tonight and said this:
Sen. Rand Paul on Fox News: "If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us White supremacists, calling us racists, calling us every name in the book, calling us people who don't tell the truth."
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) January 21, 2021
Wait a minute here. President Biden didn’t say who he was talking about. He didn’t say that the Republicans, or the conservatives, or the libertarians were the racists, liars, or insurrectionists. But Rand Paul just assumed that Biden was talking about him. That’s what you call a guilty conscience.
Rand Paul just stepped it it. He had a chance to simply announce that he agrees with President Biden’s assessment that racism, lying, and violence are bad, and he could have made himself look good. Instead he went pretty far out of his way to make himself look bad.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report