Rand Paul: No One In Congress Has Done More For Minority Rights Than Me
In an interview with Salon.com, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul claimed that no one in Congress has done more for the rights of minorities in the US than him.
“I don’t think there has been anybody who has been a bigger defender of minority rights in the Congress than myself, and that’s not saying others aren’t trying as well,” Paul told the website. “But I think you can see a history and a litany of bills that I’ve put forward to not only restore voting rights, but to try to prevent people from the tragedy of losing their employability through felony convictions and other things.”
Raw Story points out that Paul “perhaps failed to take into account that he is serving alongside civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. into Selma, Alabama. Lewis was brutally beaten by Alabama Highway Patrolmen in Selma and locked in a jail cell for standing up for racial equality in the divided South. He went on to testify before Congress about the treatment he received and on behalf of the Voting Rights Act, one of the great civil rights victories of the 1960s.”
Paul, meanwhile, told Rachel Maddow back in 2010 that he opposed the parts of the Civil Rights Act that require that businesses not discriminate against anyone, though he later backtracked.