The sentiment is fairly widespread these days among Republicans. It nevertheless came as a stinging rebuke when it was delivered by Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who is something of an iconoclast himself. Rand was expressing his frustration over fellow Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) nearly nonstop attacks on Donald Trump. The Kentucky firebrand took to ABC News to excoriate McCain for his divisive comments about Trump’s presidency and to explain why Trump is a far sight superior to McCain himself as our president.
Paul went straight for the jugular when he unmasked McCain as the truly reckless leader, not Trump, when it comes to foreign policy:
I would say John McCain’s been wrong on just about everything over the last four decades. He advocated for the Iraq War, which I think destabilized the Middle East. If you look at the map, there’s probably at least six different countries where John McCain has advocated for us having boots on the ground…
Everything that he says about the president is colored by his own personal dispute he’s got running with President Trump, and it should be taken with a grain of salt, because John McCain’s the guy who’s advocated for war everywhere. He would bankrupt the nation. We’re very lucky John McCain’s not in charge, because I think we’d be in perpetual war.
Paul went even further, telling “Fox & Friends” on Sunday that Trump’s in-your-face style, while unorthodox, represents a needed change. Beginning at 2:38 in the clip that follows, Paul also takes a shot at the Obama administration for its disastrous over-regulation of the energy sector, especially as it pertains to coal in his state:
Cross-posted at Constitution.com