Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) loves to pretend that he’s a man of principle who isn’t afraid to break with his party when it comes to issues such as economics and foreign policy, but as he proved Sunday morning during an appearance on the ABC News show “This Week,” he’s nothing more than a hack politician who freely spouts lies and conspiracy theories whenever asked a serious question.
“This Week” host George Stephanopoulos began his interview with Sen. Paul by asking a simple, straightforward question that required nothing but a yes or no answer:
“This election was not stolen. Do you accept that fact?”
“The debate over whether or not there’s fraud should occur But, yes, were there people who voted twice? Were there dead people, illegal aliens who voted? Yes. And we should get to the bottom of it.”
The host quickly fact-checked Paul:
“I have to stop you there. No election is perfect. But there were 86 challenges, they were filed by President Trump and his allies in court. All dismissed.
“There were counts and recounts. The Department of Justice, led by William Barr, said there’s no widespread evidence of fraud. Can’t you just say the words: This election was not stolen?”
Again, Paul refused to give a direct response to the query:
“What I would suggest is if we want greater confidence in our elections — and 75% of Republicans agree with me — is that we do need to look at election integrity and we do need to see if we can restore confidence in the elections.”
Stephanopoulos continued to press for a straight answer:
“Well, 75% of Republicans agree with you because they were fed a big lie by President Trump and his supporters who say the election was stolen. Why can’t you say it was a fair election?”
Clearly agitated, Paul began to have a full-scale meltdown:
“I think you make a mistake. Hey, George! Georgie, where you make a mistake is that people coming from the liberal side like you, you immediate say everything’s a lie instead of saying there are two sides to everything. Historically what would happen is if I said I thought there was fraud, you would introduce someone else who said there wasn’t. But now you insert yourself in the middle and say that the absolute fact is that everything I’m saying is a lie.”
Well, senator, as the old saying goes, If the shoe fits, wear it.
But the ABC host was far from finished setting Paul straight:
“I said what the president said was he said was a lie! Hold on a second! He said the election was stolen. This election was not stolen. The results were certified in every single state after counts and recounts!”
His voice indicating how angry he was getting, the senator responded:
“You’re saying there was not fraud and it’s all been investigated. And that’s just not true.”
That drew another pushback from Stephanopoulos:
“That’s not what I said, sir. I said the Department of Justice found no evidence.”
“You said it’s all a lie! You say we are all liars! You’re just simply saying we’re all liars.”
Stephanopoulos concluded the exchange by noting:
“I said it was a lie that the election was stolen.”
The 2020 election was not stolen. Joe Biden won the popular vote by 7 million ballots and the electoral vote 306 to 232. When Trump won by the same electoral margin in 2016, he called it a “landslide.” And yet Rand Paul and many other Republicans in Congress continue to perpetuate the same lie about voter fraud, even though they don’t have a scintilla of evidence to support their assertions.
Here’s a thought: If Rand Paul and his ilk are so worried about voting rights, why don’t they get on board with passing the John Lewis Voting Rights Act? Why don’t they try to make it easier to people to vote? Because they know a large turnout means they lose. So they’d rather spread lies and try to prevent more people from casting a ballot.
Disgusting does not even begin to describe what Rand Paul is and always will be.
Here’s the video from ABC News:
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