In the wake of his speech at Howard University, Rand Paul (R-KY) is justifiably getting a lot of heat for his denial that he ever questioned or opposed the Civil Rights Act of 1965.
He clearly questioned it and has been reluctant to support it.
But people are just mostly smirking at how the junior senator from Kentucky took pains to point out that his party was the party of Lincoln. This has become the go-to move for conservatives, as if people are unaware of the fact and it will lead the 90 percent of African-Americans who voted for the party of Barack Obama to suddenly switch sides.
“How did the Republican Party, the party of the Great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race?” Paul asked the crowd, rhetorically.
His answer wasn’t particularly satisfying, and it also neglected that much of his party’s problem when it comes to race can summed up by many conservatives’ persistent antipathy toward Abraham Lincoln.
It’s true that Rand has never gone as far as his father Ron, who called the Civil War a “senseless” bloodbath that was the result of Lincoln’s desire to “enhance and get rid of the original intent of the republic.”
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