Predictably, it appears that Rand Paul did not take our advice on being honest with people about his past statements on the 1964 Civil Rights Act. Instead of giving an honest explanation for why he no longer has a problem with the article of the Civil Rights Act that outlawed racial discrimination in public accommodations by private businesses, today Rand Paul in an interview with WFPL’s Phillip Bailey continued to deny that he (repeatedly) questioned this, and said that those who correctly point this out are the REAL liars.
It’s an issue Paul still bristles at when confronted four years later, repeating no lawmaker on Capitol Hill is trying push minority rights than he is currently.
“Very few people are running around saying, oh something about the Civil Rights Act,” Paul told WFPL. “I’m a proud supporter of the Civil Rights Act and Voting Rights Act. I’m actually working with Democrats on trying to restore aspects of the Voting Rights Act that were struck down. So people who want to say that are simply partisans and they don’t care about the truth too much.“
Step No. 1 for outreach to persons of color: Stop lying to them.
It might also help him to stop supporting voter ID laws that disproportionately disenfranchise African-Americans. Or not spread blatantly false rumors about hordes of undocumented children from Central America coming to Ft. Knox, even if speaking out against this scaremongering falsehood wins him some street cred with the anti-immigrant portion of the early Republican primary states in 2016 who don’t like his hollow rhetoric about supporting immigration reform.
Then again, dishonesty oftentimes works in American politics, so who knows?