Wednesday on MSNBC’s “The Cycle,” Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) criticized MSNBC to host Ari Melber in bringing up his wildly misreported 2010 discussion about the way the Civil Rights Act should apply for private business with Rachel Maddow.
“People need to get over themselves writing all this stuff that I’ve changed my mind on the Civil Rights Act,” he said. “Have I ever had a philosophical discussion about all aspects of it? Yeah, and I learned my lesson: To come on MSNBC and have a philosophical discussion, the liberals will come out of the woodwork and they will go crazy and say you’re against the Civil Rights Act, and you’re some terrible racist. And I take great objection to that, because, in Congress, I think there is nobody else trying harder to get people back their voting rights, to get people back, and make the criminal justice system fair. So I take great offense to people who want to portray me as something that I’m not.”
Paul continued, “Half-a-dozen people on your network trying to say I’m opposed to the Civil Rights Act,” adding “The honest discussion of it would be that I never was opposed to the Civil Rights Act and when your network does 24-hour news telling the truth, then maybe we can get somewhere with the discussion.”
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