MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell extended sympathy to who he called “honest Libertarians” on Tuesday, while picking apart the flaws in recent statements by Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) and retired Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) over authorities’ tactics during the search for and capture of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects.
“You deserve better spokesmen than Ron and Rand,” O’Donnell said. “But until you get better Libertarian advocates, you’re going to have to continue to endure paranoid, lying politicians in the Paul family.”
O’Donnell began his account by focusing on Rand Paul’s April 23 statement that, “If someone comes out of a liquor store with a weapon and 50 dollars in cash I don’t care if a drone kills him or a policeman kills him.”
Not only did that remark contradict his statement that “no American should be killed by a drone on American soil without first being charged with a crime” during his 13-hour filibuster in March 2013, O’Donnell said, but it disillusioned several “stunned” libertarians online.
“But they shouldn’t have been stunned,” O’Donnell said. “Because as I have pointed out in this space before, inconsistency and lying are Rand Paul trademarks.”
O’Donnell then focused on the elder Paul’s column for a Libertarian website that ran on Monday, saying four of the first six sentences in Paul’s criticism of authorities’ handling of the manhunt for the suspects were lies.
Instead of a “forced lockdown” of the Boston area, O’Donnell said, the “shelter at home” missive was a recommendation by officials. And what Paul described as “tanks in the streets,” O’Donnell characterized as armored cars.
“It’s about as scary as the armored truck that moves money to and from your bank,” O’Donnell said after showing a picture of the vehicles on the screen. “It is not a tank.”
O’Donnell also pointed out that, while he was covering the story and talking to Cambridge, Massachusetts, residents, they seemed “very glad” to be out of their home while police made sure their homes were secure. He then played a clip of residents celebrating after the capture of 19-year-old suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in response to Paul’s statement that “paramilitary police” were terrorizing the public.
“What a vile lie,” he said of Ron Paul’s account. “There were no tanks and there were no police pointing their weapons at innocent citizens.”
Watch O’Donnell’s dissection of both Pauls’ statements, aired Tuesday on MSNBC, below.