Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) – a master at portraying himself and his fellow conservatives as victims – accused President Joe Biden of maligning Republicans as white supremacists and racists in his inaugural address.
“If you read his speech and listen to it carefully, much of it is thinly-veiled innuendo calling us white supremacists, calling us racist, calling us every name in the book. Calling us people who don’t tell the truth, and going forward we’re not going to have manufactured or manipulated truth,” Paul whined to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday evening.
“Well, that’s another way of saying, all of my opponents manufacture and manipulate the truth and are liars,” Paul continued. “He just said it in a nicer way. But that was really the gist of what he was telling us.”
Watch below, courtesy of Talking Points Memo:
GOP Sen. Rand Paul (KY) on Wednesday night said that Pres. Biden's inaugural address was made up of "thinly-veiled innuendo" aimed at Republicans, "calling us white supremacists, calling us racist, calling us every name in the book. Calling us people who don't tell the truth." pic.twitter.com/T6QjJT00bm
— TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) January 21, 2021
Paul, as he so often does, has isolated himself from the rest of reality.
The GOP branded itself as a fountain of misinformation and an instigator of racial resentment as it coalesced around former President Donald Trump and his toxic, right-wing nativism.
Nevertheless, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle have expressed the desire to abandon the politics of hate and heal the country.
Biden’s speech received enormous praise from people across the partisan spectrum.
Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, for example, said it was “the best inaugural address I ever heard” after Biden concluded his remarks.
“There was a mob of thugs, of insurrectionists, of domestic terrorists on the inaugural stand,” Wallace said. “And Joe Biden was saying that democracy prevailed. We were able to get through that, and he was talking about how we need to get through that in the future if we are going to be a united country.”
Other Senate Republicans including Mitt Romney (UT) and Lisa Murkowski (AK) also commended Biden for setting a unifying tone upon taking the oath of office.
“I believe the message is essential for our country right now,” said Romney. “Our devotion to facts and to a willingness to come together as a people is essential if we’re going to overcome the challenges of our age.”
Murkowski said that Biden covered “all of the important stuff” and that “it was very well done. I thought it was what we needed.”
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