Would you like to know if Rand Paul actually believes that people who attend political rallies and hear speakers promote the violent overthrow of the US should be arrested?
I, for one, wanted to know.
It took awhile! Google Rand Paul and believe me there will be page after page of sites found which condemn him for stating that:
… if someone is attending speeches from someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government, that’s really an offense that we should be going after — they should be deported or put in prison.
Search long enough, however, and eventually it can be found. What did Rand Paul actually say?
Well, he said those words, but only if you can find the entire dialogue and if you are able to follow carefully, the meaning becomes clear. It can be found if you are a Hannity Insider or if you stumble upon Reason Hit and Run.
Sean Hannity and Rand Paul are discussing the accusation that ‘Harry’ Reid leveled at Rand Paul earlier this week, ie – Paul’s gun-record amendment would help terrorists obtain weapons. In this context, the 2009 Ft. Hood shooting was mentioned and how a person who might have the potential to commit such an act might best be identified in advance.
From here the conversation turned to how profiling may or may not have identified the shooter in advance and in this context, Rand Paul made the remark. He seems to be saying that we should not judge a person by race or religion, however, if a person is already under scrutiny and then is found to be hanging out at all the events where “someone who is promoting the violent overthrow of our government” then that person may need to be deported or arrested. Because he was speaking without a script or teleprompter it may not have come out the way he intended and his enemies will make what they will of the remarks.