Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has hit out at MSNBC, pledging not to appear on the network again until it “apologizes” for pushing “lousy lies” about his policies.
The Senator made the comments Wednesday night during a speech to the libertarian group Young Americans for Liberty. Earlier in the day, Paul had appeared on an MSNBC show to talk about criminal justice reform proposals. Instead, the anchor dredged up comments about the Civil Rights Act that Paul made four years ago, comments that have consistently been taken out of context and used by the network to bash the Senator.
“So I was having a great day today, then I went to MSNBC,” Paul told the convention in Arlington, Virginia.
“I said, ‘Look I’ll come back and have a great philosophical discussion after you go on the air for 24 hours (and) apologize for all the lousy lies you’ve been saying about me for four years,’” he explained.
The Senator also told the gathering that MSNBC only has a “couple” of “honest progressives, adding that most of their presenters are nothing more than “partisan cranks and hacks.”
“We’re trying to make this not a partisan issue,” Paul said with regards to his criminal justice legislation, “but you go on a network that wants to make everything about partisanship.”
Paul’s speech can be viewed below:
During the interview with MSNBC host Ari Melber, Paul repeatedly urged that he has never said he is against the Civil Rights Act. “I’ve always been in favor of the Civil Rights Act. People need to get over themselves writing all this stuff that I’ve changed my mind on the Civil Rights Act.” the Senator said.
“Have I ever had a philosophical discussion about all aspects of it? Yeah, and I learned my lesson: To come on MSNBC and have a philosophical discussion, the liberals will come out of the woodwork and they will go crazy and say you’re against the Civil Rights Act, and you’re some terrible racist.” Paul said, lambasting the network.
“And I take great objection to that, because, in Congress, I think there is nobody else trying harder to get people back their voting rights, to get people back, and make the criminal justice system fair. So I take great offense to people who want to portray me as something that I’m not.” Paul added.
In a stunning display of Orwellian doublethink, Melber still attempted to push the same line that Paul is somehow against the Civil Rights Act, asking why he has “evolved” his position since 2010.
Paul shot back immediately that he has “never been opposed” the law in the first place.
“I’ve been attacked by half a dozen people on your network trying to say I’m opposed to the Civil Rights Act and somehow now I’ve changed,” Paul said. “I’m not willing to engage with people who are misrepresenting my viewpoint on this.”
“The honest discussion of it would be that I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act and when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion.” the Senator added.
Remarkably, moments before addressing Paul’s stance on the Civil Rights Act, Melber asked the Senator’s Democratic colleague Cory Booker (N.J.) about racial disparities in drug prosecutions, asking Booker whether he believed the so-called War on Drugs was “accidentally racist” or “explicitly so.”
Of course, it is no surprise that an MSNBC host would play the race card twice in as many minutes. Chris Matthews and Rachel Maddow do it on a nightly basis, which is one of the reasons why the network’s viewership is in the toilet.
Steve Watson is a London based writer and editor for Alex Jones’ Infowars.com, and Prisonplanet.com. He has a Masters Degree in International Relations from the School of Politics at The University of Nottingham, and a Bachelor Of Arts Degree in Literature and Creative Writing from Nottingham Trent University.