Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ripped into Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-KY) comments about the Islamic State terror group, suggesting that Paul’s “illogical” and “liberal Democratic position” should disqualify the Republican Senator from being a presidential contender.
On Wednesday, Paul blamed fellow Republican colleagues for the Islamic State’s (ISIS) existence, stating that “ISIS grew stronger because of the hawks in our party.”
This is a perfect example of why Senator Paul is unsuited to be Commander-in-Chief. We have men and women in the military who are in the field trying to fight ISIS right now, and Senator Paul is taking the weakest, most liberal Democrat position.
It’s one thing for Senator Paul to take an outlandish position as a Senator at Washington cocktail parties, but being Commander-in-Chief is an entirely different job. We should all be clear that evil and Radical Islam are at fault for the rise of ISIS, and people like President Obama and Hillary Clinton exacerbate it.
American weakness, not American strength, emboldens our enemies.
It has become impossible to imagine a President Paul defeating radical Islam and it’s time for the rest of us to say it.
An advisor to Sen. Paul, Doug Stafford, responded to Jindal’s remarks. “It’s ironic Gov. Jindal would level such a charge when he flip-flops on crucial issues like Common Core and national security, and he has cratered his own state’s economy and budget,” Stafford said. “Just last week, Gov. Jindal spoke out in support of Sen. Paul and announced he now opposes the NSA’s illegal and unnecessary domestic bulk data collection, after previously cheerleading for it.”
But Stafford would not apologize for, nor offer any clarification of Paul’s position related to ISIS, MSNBC reported.
Jindal’s advisor, Timmy Teepal, responded to Sen. Paul’s remarks and those of his advisor.
Mr. Teepal tells Breitbart News:
It’s astonishing that Sen. Paul will blame conservative Americans for the rise of ISIS but will hide behind a staffer rather than defend his comments. This was clearly not a gaffe. What we’ve learned today is that Sen. Paul is to the left of President Obama and Hillary Clinton on foreign policy. It is the kind of blame-America rhetoric we normally only hear from Hollywood celebrities and Al Jazeera commentators. Senator Paul is a one-term senator, with no executive experience, and we all know how that has worked out in the current administration.