Thursday, April 24, 2014
The man can pivot on a dime
And Rand "Aqua Buddha" Paul has done just that after hearing the latest racist bullshit from deadbeat cowpuncher Cliven Bundy.
Senator Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican and potential 2016 presidential candidate, joined a line of Republican and Democratic leaders on Thursday in denouncing Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher at the center of a standoff with the federal government over land use, for suggesting that blacks might have been better off in slavery.Just don't call it flip-flopping. They should have known what this man had inside him.
“His remarks on race are offensive, and I wholeheartedly disagree with him,” Mr. Paul said in a statement.
The senator’s remarks came after he had offered support for Mr. Bundy’s case as the rancher resisted the federal Bureau of Land Management when it sought to confiscate his cattle because he was not paying fees for their grazing on public land. The government backed off after federal authorities encountered hundreds of Bundy supporters, many carrying guns, who had flocked to his ranch in Bunkerville, Nev., as the dispute intensified.
With his remarks, Mr. Paul joined other Republican leaders — among them, Senator Dean Heller of Nevada — in assailing Mr. Bundy for comments published online by The New York Times on Wednesday evening after they had previously expressed support for the rancher.
Mr. Bundy, in the course of 55 minutes of remarks to supporters last Saturday, talked about seeing blacks gathered outside public housing projects in North Las Vegas.
“And because they were basically on government subsidy, so now what do they do?” he asked. “They abort their young children, they put their young men in jail, because they never learned how to pick cotton. And I’ve often wondered, are they better off as slaves, picking cotton and having a family life and doing things, or are they better off under government subsidy?”
A spokesman for Mr. Heller, who had also expressed support for Mr. Bundy’s supporters, said the senator “completely disagrees with Mr. Bundy’s appalling and racist statements, and condemns them in the most strenuous way.”
Mr. Bundy has been championed by some Fox News commentators, though there were signs that they were distancing themselves after his remarks were published.
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