Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) called into conservative Laura Ingraham’s radio show on Tuesday and discussed the racial unrest in Baltimore, saying:
There are so many things we can talk about. … It’s something we talk about not in the immediate aftermath but over time: The breakdown of family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in our society. This isn’t just a racial thing; it goes across racial boundaries.
Why yes, it does cross racial boundaries. Two weeks ago, Paul’s own son was cited for DUI after crashing his car into a parked car, at 11:24 in the morning. The police report said that the young Paul was “belligerent” and had bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and “a strong odor of alcohol”. He also did not have the required auto insurance.
This is not the first time Paul’s son has gotten in trouble for drinking. The first time it was for underage drinking and assaulting a flight attendant. Later the same year he was again busted for underage drinking.
So, where was his father?
Maybe he was too busy appearing on TV to explain how the death of Eric Garner was really caused by New York’s overly high taxes on cigarettes. Seriously.
But as hypocritical as this is, it could be worse. On Wednesday, presidential candidate Ted Cruz blamed the racial unrest on Obama, saying that the president “has exacerbated racial misunderstanding, racial tensions.” And here I thought that the problem was police killing black kids while they are in custody. Silly me.