Rand Paul ‘Jokes’ That We Should Trade Away Hillary Clinton, Not Taliban Prisoners

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During an appearance at the Texas GOP convention on Friday, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) decided to make a little topical joke about the recent release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. Bergdahl was recently freed from nearly five years of captivity by the Taliban and was the last American prisoner of war. To secure Bergdahl’s release, the White House agreed to release five detainees from the prison at Guantanamo Bay. The released prisoners, who are members of the Taliban, will be forced to spend one year in Qatar before being allowed to move elsewhere in the world.

Paul joked with the crowd that instead of sending five Taliban prisoners over to rescue an imprisoned soldier, perhaps we should send over five Democrats. He then started naming who we should send over.


“Mr. President, you love to trade people. Why don’t we set up a trade? But this time, instead of five Taliban, how about five Democrats? I’m thinking John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi …”




As you can see from the video above, he wasn’t able to name all five Dems he’d trade, as the crowd started cheering over him. His staff was obviously super impressed with this joke, as shortly afterward, the following tweet was sent from his Senate office’s Twitter account:



Hardy har har.

Now, it is one thing to joke around a bit and get a cheap laugh at the other side’s expense. You see that all the time in politics. However, this joke is in such poor taste, on so many levels, that I hardly know where to begin. First off, he is trying to score points with the base by poking fun at a situation that was obviously horrific and extremely traumatic for Sgt. Bergdahl. Second, Paul referenced a Marine, Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, who is currently imprisoned in Mexico for illegally bringing guns over the border. He stated that delegates told him that Tahmooressi is someone we should be trying to bring home. In essence, Paul is stating the two soldiers’ situations are the same, but not enough has been done to bring Tahmooressi home. This has been a meme that’s been gaining traction with conservatives.

However, comparing the two situations is ridiculous, at best. Tahmooressi broke the law of a neighboring country that we are currently not at war with. Tahmooressi crossed the border with three guns and 400 rounds of ammunition. None of the guns were locked away. They were sitting out in his car and loaded. He has been in a Mexican prison for a total of two months. It is likely that Mexico will release the soldier back to the United States in a short amount of time. Secretary of State John Kerry has already discussed this situation with Mexico. Tahmooressi has also been able to make phone calls and even do interviews with Fox News and CNN. Not nearly equal to a soldier held by an enemy combatant as a prisoner of war for five years. But, you know, Republican logic.

Paul is considered one of the GOP frontrunners in the 2016 Presidential race. And this is the level of discourse he brings to the table. His level of ‘humor’ is to point to well-known Democrats, in front of a rabid base of ultra-right-wingers, and claim that we should just ship them out of the country. Basically, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and Nancy Pelosi are equivalent to enemies of the state and should be treated as such.

I guess this is where we’re at now in the whole Bergdahl affair. A GOP Presidential hopeful using Bergdahl as the lead-in to a joke in order to smear the President, the likely 2016 Democratic nominee for President and other notable Democrats. I fear this is going to get worse and that we have yet to see rock-bottom. Honestly, every time you think Republicans can’t get worse, they turn around and surprise you.



H/T Talking Points Memo

24 Replies to “Rand Paul ‘Jokes’ That We Should Trade Away Hillary Clinton, Not Taliban Prisoners”

  1. It’s hard to tell who will win the race to the bottom of the pile of the morally bankrupt. I do know this dirt bag will never win a race for the presidency.

  2. What did he stuff in the front of his pants? Did he break into a pas de deux at some point with Turtle?

  3. I don’t think the Taliban is interested in sane Democrats. However, they would LOVE to get hold of some GOPers, who would give away state secrets the minute they didn’t get their dinner on time. And Rand, it would take way more than five of you to equal one US soldier.

  4. Randal is a simple-minded ass who was busted the night he won by Dr. Rachel Maddow. His idiocy has gotten worse in the time passing since that night.

    Hillary is going to walk all over these idiots of the Repiggery and America will elect her – Randal has done NOTHING in the Senate except smear Democrats who work for Americans.

    Debate time: Hillary vs. Cruz, Paul, Rubio, GoodHair, LyinRyan. Yeah, better really load up on the popcorn for that debacle in the making!

  5. this is not a joke: trade rand paul, ted cruz, sarah palin, cheney, w …, there are others, but this is a start. don’t trade them, just deport them. see how fast the taliban will raise the white flag.

  6. How about a boatload of Repubicons! It would be a toss up who would be first as they all are totally dispensable. Cruz,Paul Ryan,Boehner,King (both of them, Coburn,Fartenhold,Gimgrey,McCain,Graham,Issa, Vitter,just to name a few. Love to swift boat them all into space and beyond. Sick,miserable TAKERS.

  7. I wonder what Paul would have been saying in 7 months when these people were due to be released? Would he care? Would he notice?

    Paul is typical tea bag. Has no idea why he is in Congress. He has no respect for his position other then the donations he gets. And worse, like his old man that promised freedom has no intention of you getting any of that freedom

  8. I’ve always thought that Rand Paul looked like The Joker on Batman, I guess he is a joker or a joke would be more appropriate.

  9. I always think of the movie “One who flew over the cuckoo’s nest”. When I hear or read about Mr. Paul.

  10. Just a another case in point of how classless he is. He dose not have the class his father has. What a disgrace and a joke.

  11. Poor GOP…..
    They just have NOTHING
    & I mean NOTHING to offer
    America and this is less
    of a ‘joke’ & more of a
    strategy. They know they
    will never win in a fair
    fight so, what do they do?
    Like the petulant children
    they are, they will lie, cheat,
    steal, & try to change the rules
    in the middle of the game. Too bad
    for them that it’s 2014 & their
    dirty tactics are constantly on
    display for all to see.
    Please Proceed………

  12. So this clown has aspirations for being POTUS some day?
    Rand comes across as someone vying for a job as a radio shock jock.

  13. Just read in Daily Mail who spoke to someone at the base in Germany and they spoke on condition of keeping their name out of the report.
    They said that the soldier had at one point been kept in a cage, and had escaped twice, when found after the second escape he was in a dugout which he dug with his bare hands, he was taken back in shackles.
    Does not sound to me like he was collaborating with the enemy.

  14. Dumb as a door nail……nothing constructive to say, no ideas on how to help the country! Just constant, continuous, Divisive dribble being dripped out of his Aqua Buddha mouth!

  15. “Honestly, every time you think Republicans can’t get worse, they turn around and surprise you.”

    No, no surprise. Just more disgust.

  16. @Eykis, how about when Hillary wins she selects ol’ Randy as ambassador to Somalia. He can go hang out with his Libertarian buddies.

  17. I’m so glad I’m not the only one who noticed the fake bulge crotch. Wonder what he stuffed it with?
    Runt Paul thinks he’s a comedian now,we all know he’s not got much in the intelligence/brain department, so he’s taking on a new persona.

  18. He borrowed the sock GW Bush used to stuff his codpiece as seen in the “Mission Accomplished” photo. Rand Paul even plagiarizes sock stuffing since he has no original ideas of his own.

  19. Miss Bubbles probably forgot to take her old tampax off from her date last night. I wonder who Bubbles uses to create such elaborate hair do’s.

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