Rand Paul Still Defending Racial Discrimination

Last night Rand Paul appeared on Rachel Maddow and he defended the practice of segregating lunch counters. This post is mostly a re-hash from last night, but it’s such a hot issue it’s been on MSNBC all day long.

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Remember Chris Hightower (here, here, here)? Yeah. That scandal pales in comparison to accepting discrimination at lunch counters on the basis of race.

Rand Paul is done. There’s no way a business or PAC can contribute to him without being considered racist. Businesses and individuals can’t put up signs without risking the racist label. It’s a hot mess.

Will Mitch McConnell show up at the unity rally after this mess? Does he, too, support the right of business to discriminate on the basis of race?

P.S. Here’s this from Joe Sonka. It’s Rand Paul’s campaign manager, David Adams, sitting all alone at a lunch counter:

Wonder how Rand Paul feels about admitting he supports segregation today?

Ben Smith has an update. Rand Paul told Fox News it’s just the “loony left” out to get him. And he says he stands against “institutional racism.” But supports the right of businesses to discriminate against individuals on the basis of race.

He can’t explain it away. That’s his position.

Meanwhile, this is the statement Jack Conway’s campaign is releasing:

“Kentucky’s people are hurting and I’m running to stand up for Kentucky’s families. Rand Paul is running for a narrow political philosophy that has dangerous consequences for working families, veterans, students, the disabled, and those without a voice in the halls of power. Kentucky voters have a choice between Rand Paul’s narrow philosophy and our campaign to create jobs, cut the deficit, and bring accountability to Wall Street and Washington. We are reaching out to Democrats, Independents and Republicans across Kentucky to ask them to join our campaign and stand up for Kentucky families.”

I think a tremendous opportunity for netroots fundraising is being ignored. And the opportunity to stand up specifically in support of the Civil Rights Act – to address Paul directly… well… same boat.

U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth just released a statement:

“The comments by Senate candidate Rand Paul opposing the Civil Rights Act are simply appalling, and make it abundantly clear that he has no place holding public office in Kentucky in the 21st century. Our Commonwealth was the first state south of the Mason-Dixon Line to establish a Commission on Human Rights dedicated to ending discrimination and we have worked hard to show the nation that Jim Crow laws are a distant part of our history.

Rejecting the fundamental provision of the Civil Rights Act is a rejection of the foundational promise of America that all men and women should be treated equally — a promise for which many Americans have lost their lives.

Leading is not hypothetical debating; it’s about solving real problems. It is the job of a Member of Congress to represent the needs of every one of their constituents, not to allow businesses to segregate or discriminate against them.

Rand Paul has already embarrassed Kentuckians in the eyes of the world. The Commonwealth deserves better because we are better – and I call on Mitch McConnell and my other colleagues in the Kentucky Congressional Delegation to join me in condemning his despicable views.”

Glad to see John stand up.