Rand Paul Tries to Prove He’s Not a Racist By Making Jokes About Baltimore Protests

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Rand Paul’s (R-KY) public relations tour is meant, in part, to assuage the narrative that he’s a racist. This narrative is based on things like Paul being against Civil Rights and his knowingly hiring a secessionist who cheered the assassination of President Lincoln. So he found himself joking on the radio Tuesday morning that his train went through Baltimore and he’s glad it didn’t stop.

Being a Republican, Paul knows he can fix erase the facts surrounding the narrative that he’s a racist with some sweet talk, without changing a thing about his policies. If he just tells black people he is not a racist, they will believe.

This explains why the Republican presidential candidate went on the Laura Ingraham show Tuesday and cracked wise about the protests in Baltimore and said it was not appropriate to discuss the “root cause” of the protests at this time, and then blamed the “lack of fathers and lack of moral code” for the protests (that’s Southern Republicans for “black people”, FYI):

Audio from Media Matters via TPM:

Paul said:

I don’t know if there is an answer from the federal government. It obviously. It’s a local problem primarily, but you have to have enough show of security, enough show of a police force to deter the kind of action. I think once it happens it sort of spirals out of control, and it’s depressing. It’s sad. It’s scary. I came through the train on Baltimore last night (sic). I’m glad the train didn’t stop. (laughter).

But the thing is, is that really, there are so many things that we can talk about that I think it’s something we talk about not in the immediate aftermath, but over time. You know, the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in society, and this isn’t just a racial thing.

It goes across racial boundaries, but we do have problems in our country and you see this and you that we’re close to the tipping point and closer to the tipping point than many think, so there are a lot of things that can be done, but there can be no excuse for the behavior.

Lest anyone get the idea that Paul is being a racist, he assured Ingraham, “This isn’t just a racial thing.”

OH. Just “lack of fathers” and “morals”, which is how Republicans describe African American families. Also known in GOP circles as “welfare moms”. Yes, plenty of conservatives have already blamed welfare for the riots, which makes no sense if they want to blame black people because there are more southern rural whites on welfare but whatever. We can’t keep running after facts in a Republican narrative or we’ll get motion sickness.

What Rand assures us is that we must not discuss the root cause of the protests, which is the entire purpose of protests, unless we were to blame the lack of fathers. In that case, we should talk away.

Thus we get to: It’s single moms’ faults that police are killing black men. This Paul feels is the appropriate discussion to have rather than discuss police violence against black people and inherent racial bias.

The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday morning:

Fifteen police officers were injured in a clash with school-age children that began around 3 p.m., and two remain hospitalized, police Col. Darryl DeSousa said in a press conference Monday night. Earlier, police spokesman Capt. Eric Kowalczyk said one officer was unresponsive and others suffered broken bones.

The incident stemmed from a flier that circulated widely among city school students via social media about a “purge” to take place at 3 p.m., starting at Mondawmin Mall and ending downtown. Such memes have been known to circulate regularly among city school students, based on the film “The Purge,” about what would happen if all laws were suspended.

Kowalczyk called the demonstrators “lawless individuals with no regard for the safety of people that live in that community” and said they would be identified and arrested. Police said via Twitter many of the rioters were juveniles and urged parents to bring their children home.

Rand Paul is saying that these school children lack fathers and morals.

In truth, the violence erupting in Baltimore can’t be hung on the peaceful protesters of police injustice in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. But it can be hung on anger. And while it is wrong and it is not productive, it is the inevitable result of relentless injustice. We are assured of this inevitability by Republicans, actually, who argue that they must have the rights to own any gun with no background check in case the government comes after them. They need the right to murder the government for liberty. That is the Republican argument against reasonable gun laws.

The real irony here is that the “everyone carry a gun with no background checks for liberty against big government!” crowd, the people who say this even after the slaughtering of innocents — statistically carried out by young, white men by the way — these people have an issue with protesters looting and getting violent as they protest what they see as government abuse via the police.

If the looters were all white and they were protesting the continuous murdering of white men by mostly black police, Republicans would deem the protesters to be warriors of liberty “for Christ” and claim martyrdom. Republicans have repeatedly justified breaking the law in order to fight things they don’t like, including affordable healthcare for all. They call this righteousness.

But when black people protest being murdered by the government, Republicans declare that they lack morality. Not the best way for Rand Paul to make the argument that he’s not a racist.

47 Replies to “Rand Paul Tries to Prove He’s Not a Racist By Making Jokes About Baltimore Protests”

  1. giving him the benefit of the doubt perhaps what he means is that all those police that have killed are from homes with single mothers…

    not only did Paul’s train not stop in Baltimore it’s apparently missed the station in his own mind…

    Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell continue to be Kentucky’s best and brightest…

  2. You’re right he is a joke. This explains why the Republican presidential candidate went on the Laura Ingraham show Tuesday and cracked wise about the protests in Baltimore and said it was not appropriate to discuss the “root cause” of the protests at this time, and then blamed the “lack of fathers and lack of moral code” for the protests (that’s Southern Republicans for “black people”, FYI):
    Now this is how a real American who loves his country address this issue
    “My greater source of personal concern, outrage and sympathy beyond this particular case is focused neither upon one night’s property damage nor upon the acts,” Angelos wrote, “but is focused rather upon the past four-decade period during which an American political elite have shipped middle-class and working-class jobs away from Baltimore and cities and towns around the U.S. to third-world dictatorships like China and others, plunged tens of millions of good, hard-working Americans into economic devastation, and then followed that action around the nation by diminishing every American’s civil rights protections in order to control an unfairly impoverished population living under an ever-declining standard of living and suffering at the butt end of an ever-more militarized and aggressive surveillance state

    Orioles Exec Delivers Powerful Statement on Baltimore Riots

    “There is a far bigger picture for poor Americans in Baltimore and everywhere…and this makes inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant,” John Angelos tweets after riots postpone game

    Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/sports/news/orioles-exec-delivers-powerful-statement-on-baltimore-riots-20150428#ixzz3YcnBPjtS

  3. Ugh…..
    Regarding the riots….every time the police do something bad, there’s a distraction ( riots ) from the real problem!
    Is this planned or provoked to take the pressure off the police dept.?

  4. Agents provocateurs have figured in these events at least as far back as Kent State, and that odious O’Keefe tried to procure one quite recently.

  5. His son has been arrested TWICE on DUI charges. Where were HIS parents with parental guidance? I have known many black moms who worked their arses off, and their kids got into trouble, just as white kids do. What future is there for young people who do not want, or can not afford a college education? Where are the job opportunities?

  6. Let us consider the morals that Senator Paul learned from his own father, and the ones he passed on to his son.

  7. The fact remains that 72% of all black children are illegitimate.

    It is also a fact that unrelated adult males are 7 times more likely to abuse children than the biological fathers are.

    What that means is that black children are far more likely to be physically, emotionally and sexually abused than children from other ethnic groups.

  8. Rand Paul’s son was arrested despite a father at home and religion at the forefront of their family. Then we have another wannabe President’s son, who was arrested for animal cruelty on one occasion and for having a gun while trying to board a flight in Little Rock. Both fathers very concerned with religion and present in the home yet obviously not having enough impact to keep their sons from getting in trouble with law enforcement and not for trivial matters, either.

    So Rand, how do you defend your parenting or Huckabee’s? Your kids both fucked up yet they’ve had every possible advantage unknown to the kids in Baltimore. Well, maybe not unknown, but definitely not something they experienced on a regular basis as your kids have. Your words are obviously meaningless. Forget the White House, take care of your own house.

  9. First of all, Ms. Ravewood, when you state that 70% of any ethnic group’s children are illegitimate, you had better give one or more credible cites. Secondly, you jump from that to the claim that any men in their homes are not their biological fathers, and from that to the assertion that they are being abused (and will therefore grow up criminal). Don’t make that kind of assertion again without hard statistics to support it.

  10. Well, he’s not a blah person. That means that there is ALWAYS a mother AND a father at home to give direction. So Randy’s little spawn couldn’t possibly get into trouble. It must be a media witch hunt.

  11. Unless his train never travelled up the Seaboard, or he had a special, it stopped in Baltimore, where they traditionally changed from Penn to Chessie engines and where engines have been changed and maintenance checks run even since Amtrak took over passenger services.

    Edit: the Penn to Chessie switch took place in Philadelphia; at Baltimore, the switch was to Richmond, Fredericksburg, and Potomac. The switch to Seaboard (going south) was at Richmond. The train always stopped at all four of these cities, and then at Jacksonville, Florida, to separate into East and West Coast sections.

  12. First, before Rand Paul decide to give his 2 cents on parenting he need to stay home and care for his own kid, who been arrest 3x’s for underage drinking, disorderly conduct and assaulting a flight attendant.
    Second, how come the media get all excited about broken windows, burnt build, but when a young African male died in the hands of police who broke his spine in half, then the community come out in peaceful protest you heard NOTHING?
    Third, all you hear is blacks looting, but I guess these people were in ‘WHITE FACE’: https://twitter.com/NoShock/status/593093544677666816

    Here’s protestor activist setting CNN (Wolf) straight: http://www.mediaite.com/tv/ferguson-activist-battles-cnns-blitzer-no-excuse-for-police-violence-either/


  13. This is a racist jingoistic counterfactual source for nonsense.

    Of course the people who think the “protests” (violence, theft and random destruction) are regular readers who just found out who Rand Paul was a year ago and still have very little clue what libertarianism actually is.

    And yes FATHER MATTER… which is why Senator Paul and Senator Booker’s REEDEM ACT is actually productive whereas articles like this, like the protest themselves, are racially charged instruments of division and manipulation.

    If you think Mr. Paul is a “republican” plain and simple… you’re not paying close enough attention

  14. Today Pres. Obama was ask about Baltimore, his response was thoughtful, straight forward and indept response. But the media slice and dice his response to fit their narrative. Watch his response in full which you won’t see on any news outlet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vfA7EV-SrpE

    Then you Pillsburg dough boy Christie doing a Rick Perry: https://twitter.com/heatherhaddon/status/593110882105823233
    One more thing thanks to theobamadiary.com and other sites for putting out the real deal of what happening on the ground and keeping people inform from the WH to the streets. The media have their own agenda and it ain’t about the facts or truth. From NerdyWonka: https://twitter.com/metaquest/status/593097755284742144
    Statement from Nancy Pelosi: https://twitter.com/PrettyFootWoman/status/593107553191616512

  15. In Kentucky, the Black people are for putting in jail, so that the “good old boys” jail owners can make a decent living.

    …” budget demands for prisons have expanded with the prisoner populations, said Michael Mitchell, an analyst with the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities and co-author of the study.

    The rising correctional costs can take state funds away from areas like education, Mitchell said.

    In the 2012-2013 school year, Kentucky spent an average of about $10,000 per student, according to the state education department. In 2013, the state spend an average of about $18,000 per inmate, according to the corrections department.”

  16. A. Please explain about protests being regular readers.
    B. REEDEM? As in restoring lacustrine vegetation, or are you talking about reeding and riting? (You kin spel gud, two.)

  17. Baby Mama Drama: Explaining Conservative Deception About Out-of-Wedlock Births in the Black Community

    For Millennials, Out-of-Wedlock Childbirth Is the Norm

    Don lemon is an idiot. I guess he didn’t tell your dumbass the ratio for black men for black women are low due to death and imprisonment. Given all that I don’t see what your point is unless you think black women run around with their legs open to get that gubbermint check. Idiot

  18. Ignore reynardine. They all want you to state a specific site so they can attack the validity of your source.Things conservatives know from years of reading and common sense can stand the test of time.

  19. What things CONS know that have stood the test of time? The reason we ask for sources is to see you didn’t pull shit out of your asses and who is the author of the source. I always post links and welcome anyone to attack them. Seeing that you think that’s a bad thing can only mean one thing. You and your source are full of doo-doo

  20. No they can’t , or you could source them. Argument by bare assertion is in fact a logical fallacy.

  21. He refuses to comment on any personal or family issues. Thats probably a real good reason for him to reconsider his Whitehouse run, other then the fact he sucks at just being a senator. The son who keeps having alcohol related run ins with the law is 25. Unless they lock him in the basement, he’ll do as he sees fit. Sorry dad, maybe you should have been around more??????

  22. It is okay if you are republican. The senator’s son does not have to be held accountable for his actions. Driving drunk will not be recognized until he kills someone even though he has a “father” in his house. At that point they’ll find an excuse to slap his wrist and move on.

  23. Its called affluenza. They have it you don’t

    noun: affluenza

    a psychological malaise supposedly affecting wealthy young people, symptoms of which include a lack of motivation, feelings of guilt, and a sense of isolation.

  24. Rand Paul is a fool who wants you to think he’s a leader, but all he does is gives off a bad show because of incompetences.

  25. Conservatives and common sense in the same sentance, now there’s a streach of the imagination. Two things that are definitely unrelated.

  26. Next: Rand Paul will attempt to prove that he’s competent by walking and chewing gum, at the SAME TIME. (2 out of 3 attempts).

  27. The same one. Last year the whole family took a trip to Isreal. The visit had such a profound impact on the boys, they decided to dedicate their lives to god, according to big daddy Rand. He truly is full of shit.

  28. I’m sure I am not the only one who has noticed, when a black young man is in trouble with police, and he is on the ground, surrounded by the cops. Suddenly, like Lions at feeding time, cops come from all over. Not one, but numerous ones. All punching, hitting, kicking, the person on the ground. Causing even death, and a great amount of pain. For all, even those who only watch it happen.
    My question is: when oh, when, are the American people(as a whole) going to complain (loudly) about this treatment?
    I see this every time, cops are called to confront (especially)black people. As a white women (82) years old, I am very tired. ill at heart, and disturbed, this is occurring in my country.
    If I were treated this way, I’d riot too.

  29. I hate to break it to you but this practice has been going on since the black got off the slave ship.

  30. Thank you reynardine, I was thinking the same. Also going to ask her to take a look at any High school in America and count the number of unmarried teens, or the number of hurry up marriages.
    when I was in HS being with child was considered an embarrassment. Not so these days. Now you hear “I’m going to be a GRANDMOTHER” Said with pride!!

  31. The TRUE fact remains that you are wrong Wrong WRONG when you mendaciously claim that

    “… unrelated adult males are 7 times more likely to abuse children than the biological fathers are.”

    Why don’t you do us all a favor & READ what the actual study says:

    “Biological parents were the most closely related perpetrators for most children who were physically abused (71%), emotionally abused (73%), physically neglected (91%), emotionally neglected (90%), and educationally neglected (94%).

    “The large majority of countable children (77.5%) were maltreated by their in-home, biological parent(s), while in-home step-parents and other nonbiological parents (such as adoptive or foster parents), make up the next largest perpetrator categories (3.2% and 6.7%, respectively).”


    Gee, an ACTUAL SOURCE DOCUMENTING my FACTS (They have such a Liberal bias, don’t you know.)

  32. His statement came from the often refuted Heritage Foundation! When confronted with the facts, they do what every conservative does: repeat the lie! Your best bet is to grab the ASI index: They say maybe 22% Without fathers! However NOW says it may be less. Some of the children are the children of widows! They also bemoaned the lack of working mothers to motivate young White girls! So much for the traditional family! Apparently it’s not good for anybody but White men!

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