Skip to comments.Rand Paul ramps up his alliance with Trump
Posted on 09/13/2018 6:26:39 PM PDT by Mariner
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) has defended President Trump on some of his most controversial moves, going against the prevailing sentiment of the libertarian movement with which he and his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), have long been identified.
Some of the most libertarian-leaning members of Congress, such as Sens. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) and Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), and Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), have served as forceful critics of Trump within the GOP. But Rand Paul, who prefers the mantle of constitutional conservative to libertarian, has repeatedly offered Trump a stirring defense.
Paul last week called for the use of lie detector tests to find the identity of a senior administration official who criticized Trump harshly in an anonymous New York Times op-ed, giving support to senior White House aides who have discussed the possibility.
Earlier this summer, Paul was the first prominent voice in Congress to call for Trump to revoke former CIA Director John Brennans security clearance, giving the president political cover to do just that. Other Republican senators, such as Susan Collins (Maine) and Bob Corker (Tenn.), criticized Trumps decision to pull Brennans clearance.
In July, Paul made headlines by defending Trumps summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki. He dismissed criticism of Trumps chummy joint press conference with Putin as Trump derangement syndrome.
The forceful defense of Trump has been noticed, with some saying Paul has embraced Trump to help set himself up for another presidential run or to secure pro-Trump voters in Kentucky for his Senate reelection in 2022. Paul ran for the White House in 2016 but saw his support drop quickly after Trump joined the race.
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The alignment is close and Paul was never really a Libertarian.
"Constitutional Conservative", the moniker he gave himself, is the more appropriate characterization.
He's the front runner for the future. Or, I do hope he is.
Complete and utter garbage. It would actually make garbage itself edible.
Trust Rand at your own risk.
Rand Paul is probably my favorite person in the U.S. Senate right now.
The only Senator who is allying with Trump it seems.
The Pauls were never full-out libertarians. Although Ron Paul ran for president in 1988 as a Libertarian, he endorsed the Constitution Party candidate in at least one subsequent election. I would call the Constitution Party paleoconservative.
Rand is less libertarian, by a shade, than his father was.
To call Jeff Flake a “libertarian” is a joke. I don’t think it really applies to Sasse either. Flake is just an Establishment RINO. Sasse is a conservative. Amash comes closest to meriting the libertarian label.
I do hope Rand Paul gets past gatekeepers such as Bolton and Fiona Hill. SOMEONE has to get through to President Trump.....he's being suckered in by the warmongers.
Rand Paul’s foreign policy is a heck of a lot better than John Bolton’s, but Trump is going for the NeoCon/Deep State foreign policy at the moment it appears.
He has certainly elevated his position in my eyes.
The man is ridiculed and persecuted consistently for standing his ground on principle against wrong on both sides.
Rand has a long way to go to win my trust. I’m not saying it can’t be done. At least he’s supporting the President unlike most of the elected GOP. He is awfully short for a contender. It shouldn’t matter, but it does.
Gonna have to give Justin a call...
Rand Paul has always been a foe of the Deep State.
That’s why he and President Trump are best buddies.
Their idea of liberty is you making $5 bucks an hour to support your family.
“The man is ridiculed and persecuted consistently for standing his ground on principle against wrong on both sides.”
Just like POTUS Trump.
Paul is more of a paleo conservative than he is libertarian. Just as Trump is.
The policy distance between he and Trump is too small to measure.
Ben Sasse is NOT a libertarian. He is a RINO. Ok, maybe a bit better than a RINO but certainly not a libertarian.
I always felt like in 2016 he was trying to be somebody he wasn’t to try to win favor with the establishment. I kept waiting on him to take the strong position on the border, and he never did. I think he learned a lesson. I want very much for Rand Paul to be the guy. He could use some support. The GOP is awful. With friends like them, Trump doesn’t need enemies.
Of the current Senators he is one of the few I would like to see run after Trump’s two terms.
Rand Paul and Tom Cotton maybe.
LOL. You can't make this stuff up. These reporters must be on drugs. Unbelievable!
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