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Ron Paul slams Rand’s ‘politically motivated’ Ebola travel ban: It has no ‘medical purpose’

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Rand Paul speaks to Fox News on Jan. 28, 2014.

When it comes to dealing with Ebola in the United States, former Congressman Ron Paul (R) and his son, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), don’t see eye to eye.

In an interview with Fox News radio host John Gibson last week, Rand Paul argued that a ban on people traveling from west African “ought to be considered.”

“It’s not like AIDS,” he explained. “AIDS is difficult to transmit. You’re not going to go into a cocktail party and have someone cough and get AIDS. If you are in a cocktail party with someone with Ebola and they cough, you are at risk for getting Ebola.”

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The Kentucky senator said that a “temporary hiatus on flights” was “only reasonable.”

But as BuzzFeed pointed out on Monday, Ron Paul urged people to put the situation in “perspective.”

“For a government to just ban all travel, I’m not much interested in that,” the former Republican presidential candidate told Newsmax. “You’ve got to put it in perspective. What if you wanted to save 15,000 deaths from AIDS this year. Why don’t you ban certain practices that spreads AIDS? So, we’re talking about one person that’s died [of Ebola in the U.S.] and we want to close down the world travel system.”

Ron Paul, who is a medical doctor, pointed out that an estimated 3,000 to 49,000 people died every year from influenza, but no one was considering a travel ban to stop the flu from spreading.

“So right now, I would say a travel ban is politically motivated more than something done for medical purposes,” he concluded.

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Watch the video below from Newsmax, broadcast Oct. 20, 2014.


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Trump supporter arrested for child abuse after striking 12-year-old girl with a flagpole: report

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A Florida man was arrested this week after he was caught on video assaulting a 12-year-old girl with a flag pole, the Florida Times-Union reports.

Norbert Eugene Logsdon Jr. was charged Wednesday with abuse of a child without great bodily harm. He was subsequently released in bail.

The incident was captured on video by the child's mother and was posted to Facebook. She and her daughter were driving past a sidewalk pro-Trump demonstration when the mother yelled something antagonistic to the Trump supporters. That's when Logsdon shoved the flagpole through the open right-front passenger window.

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Florida bar owner vows to throw out customers for wearing masks: ‘It’s hindering our lifestyle’

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A Florida bar owner is prohibiting the use of face masks inside his establishment.

Gary Kirby, who owns Westside Sports Bar and Lounge in Melbourne, doesn't believe masks prevent the spread of coronavirus and doesn't want customers wearing them inside his business, reported WESH-TV.

“We find it completely unnecessary to have face masks at all," Kirby said. "We do not support them, we do not believe in them."

Kirby invited the TV crew to come inside, but the WESH team opted to speak to the bar owner by phone -- although reporters from a nearby Fox affiliate visited the sports bar.

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Trump would ‘personally kill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’ and ‘feed Melania to dogs’ to save his presidency: Rick Wilson

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On his New Abnormal podcast for the Daily Beast, Republican campaign strategist and ardent Donald Trump foe Rick Wilson said that if the desperate president was told he had to "personally kill" Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and feed his third wife Melania "to the dogs" to stay in the White House, he would do it in a heartbeat.

Speaking with co-host Molly Jong-Fast, the colorful Wilson speculated that Attorney General Bill Barr will be doing all he can to make sure Trump wins in November and that there is no extreme the president wouldn't go to to make sure he stays in office where he can avoid criminal charges.

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