One apparent revelation from the dust-up Rand Paul experienced during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” is that the lawmaker has apparently never watched the show before.
Paul locked horns with CNN’s favorite Trump-hating “Republican,” Ana Navarro, who made the bizarre claim that Venezuela President Nicolas Maduro was not a socialist.
Phoning in with Andrew Wilkow on SiriusXM’s “The Wilkow Majority,” the senator was asked if he went on the liberal daytime talk show.
“Oh my goodness, was I on ‘The View,’” Paul answered. “You can’t even get a word in edgewise. Those women go on and on yelling and screaming and … just amazing.”
Anyone familiar with the show knows that’s precisely what the liberal ladies at the table do when someone dares to disagree with them.
“Ana Navarro thinks she knows a lot about Venezuela, and so she goes on and on,” Paul said. “She says, ‘well, it’s not socialism, it’s not socialism, he was a thug and a murderer.’ And I’m going, ‘no, no, no, no, no. It was the socialist party. Chávez was elected as a socialist, Maduro is a socialist.’ Like, ‘No, no, no he’s a thug,’ and she wouldn’t let me finish.”
In the segment, Navarro was downplaying the idea that if you vote for Democrats, they will turn the United States into Venezuela.
Paul countered to say, “Well, if you vote for a socialist, you might get socialism.”
“Come on. Don’t do that. Maduro is not a socialist,” she exclaimed. “He’s a corrupt, murderous thug who is starving his people.”
Paul tried to explain the point he was making, but Navarro refused to let him do so, insisting that Maduro was a murderer in a kleptocracy, not socialism.
“But the point was this: Yes he’s a thug, I wasn’t denying that, everybody knows Maduro and Chavez both are thugs. It’s thuggery. But they were socialists,” Paul told Wilkow.
“And the point is, are you more likely to get thugs from socialism or capitalism?” he continued. “You’re more likely the more central the government is, the fewer people making decisions, the more it becomes unified control in one hand, it doesn’t take much for corruption to spread. It’s the argument — a lot of people … who want socialism, they think, ‘Oh it’s so bad, capitalism, because there are one percent so rich and have all this power.’ Well, you have the top one percent in socialism too, they’re just the thugs who are related to the dear leader.”
While Paul is spot on with his characterization of socialism, it’s a bit uneasy to think that he is that out of touch with popular shows like “The View,” which go a long way toward shaping public opinion.
Then again, if the senator was aware he would almost certainly never have agreed to appear on the show.
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