Maybe I missed it but did they know it was Rand and if so did they even know who/what he stands for/against?
I’m no fan of the TSA but it looks to me like he got caught up in ‘normal’ intrusive proceedure. No evidence it was politically motivated as far as I can tell.
It’s still an outrage, however.
I’m willing to bet they knew he was a sitting US senator on his way to do the gov’t business by the time they detained him. This is a clear violation of the US Constitution. They aren’t allowed to keep a senator from doing his job except in case of treason and stuff like that.
It's all politically motivated, the fact not withstanding that the TSA goons themselves may be oblivious to that fact. I'm not saying Rand was singled out for who he is, but rather that the motivations for running every flying American traveler through this circus has more to do with politics, political theater and political power than it has to do with legitimate security.