"If there wasn't such acute hatred for President Trump, such a 'Trump derangement syndrome' on the left…," a meeting with a Russian leader could have happened sooner says Sen. @randpaul. The blow back from the meeting, "really shows people hatred for President Trump." pic.twitter.com/ejfBwqYduz
— PBS NewsHour (@NewsHour) July 16, 2018
Unfortunately, it’s just Little Prince Rand of the Paul barony, whose sympathy springs from a mixture of pissy adolescent ‘contrarianism’ and GOP-white-guy ressentiment, with maybe a soupcon of fellow feeling for another guy who’ll never live up to his old man’s success. It was good enough that Trump apparently tweeted his thanks earlier today, but weak enough that the tweet got deleted by close of business day.
UPDATE: 24 hours after downplaying campaign interference and calling Mueller's probe a "witch hunt," Rand Paul has announced a trip to Russia "to discuss common ground with their leaders and help prevent further, unnecessary escalation of tensions."? https://t.co/z9cDZ46fr5
— Frank Dale (@fwdale) July 16, 2018
From Paul’s signed piece in Politico:
… Unfortunately, over the past two years, some have fueled a hysteria that has created such a paralysis regarding Russia that regular meetings and communications have ceased, and one can be accused of “collusion” merely for agreeing to a routine meeting with elected Russian officials who might be visiting Capitol Hill.
The hostile climate created by Russophobes has resulted in a vacuum in cultural, educational and even legislative exchanges, while elected officials from both Washington and Moscow are now on so-called ban lists. Nothing will be achieved by each country shutting the door to the other…
In just a few weeks, I will take my own trip to Russia in an attempt to discuss common ground with their leaders and help prevent further, unnecessary escalation of tensions. We will discuss trade, cultural exchanges and how to better work for peace and prosperity in the world. I look forward to consulting with Trump between his visit and mine and to working with diplomats from both countries to have a successful trip and better relationships. Millions of lives could be at stake.
Any bets on whether he’ll actually go through with his visit?
.@RandPaul comes to Trump's defense after today's news conference: "The left has become unhinged on this," he tells me.
— Thomas Kaplan (@thomaskaplan) July 16, 2018
The Washington Post‘s view, as the company paper in the town whose monopoly industry is politics:
… The stars are lining up for Paul in a way they haven’t before. His non-interventionist beliefs are typically way outside the mainstream in Washington. Suddenly, they align with those of none other than the president of the United States. So why not take full advantage of this moment to elevate his worldview? And the best way to get attention is by doing what no one else is: defending Trump. All the better if that interview creates some controversy…
When you consider Paul’s penchant for controversy, savvy ability to get media attention and inclination to seize a rare moment to elevate his own views, it’s less surprising he’s Trump’s biggest defender on Russia…
Paul was admirably vehement that it was unacceptable for NSA to monitor innocent Americans’ electronic communications. Which makes it awfully weird to be this blasé about GRU doing it. https://t.co/wS7NkDS5O7
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 15, 2018
Reminder of why we even bother talking about Young Prince Rand:
Please. Paul is more like a garish doormat. Something loud that demands attention, but provides no real impediment. https://t.co/U4V38cs0a7
— Elie Mystal (@ElieNYC) July 16, 2018