A recent Rand Paul rally in Seattle was a lot like a Rush concert: almost entirely white, mostly male and at least a little bit libertarian.
About 500 supporters, including up to a dozen people of color, turned out Wednesday to “stand with Rand” at the city’s Town Hall, reported The Stranger.
““Here’s your crowd recap: There’s no waiting in the ladies’ room, and a line out the door for the men’s,” one attendee told the newspaper.
The crowd was smaller than those typically drawn by his father, former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who ran for president in each of the last two presidential elections.
“Washington is horribly broken and you ask yourself whose fault is it. Well let’s see, Republicans, Democrats — let’s just say everybody in Washington ought to come home and we ought to start over,” said the junior senator for Kentucky, who is running his first presidential campaign.
Paul portrayed rivals in both parties as warmongers.
“If you’re eager for war there’s 10 other people I can recommend,” he said. “If you’re eager for war there will always be a Bush or Clinton for you.”
The crowd watched a video that showed young Rand Paul was a coin collector who loved his grandmother, and when her sight failed, “he became her eyes” — which then inspired him to become an ophthalmologist.
A state lawmaker said Paul could restore clarity to government just as he had for 200 Guatemalans whose vision he corrected last week during a charity visit.
“How many of you are tired of the nanny state micromanaging your home?” said state Rep. Elizabeth Scott, (R-Monroe). “From your lightbulbs to your toilet to your self-defense.”
Another lawmaker, state Rep. Cary Condotta (R-East Wenatchee), introduced Paul by announcing “the doctor is in the house.”
Paul took aim at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump, who he derided as a phony conservative.
“This whole thing with Trump is insane,” Paul said. “He uses eminent domain to enrich himself.”
Paul, who drew few cheers by calling for more racial justice, criticized Trump’s insulting remarks about immigrants during a brief interview with The Seattle Times.
“I think it’s hard to have a serious discussion when you have a reality TV star in the mix,” he said. “A lot of it becomes about celebrity and not about substance.”
He also promised that, if elected, he would not interfere with the state’s voter-approved recreational marijuana law.
“I think the government ought to stay out of Washington state’s business and leave you alone,” Paul said.
One of the women who attended the small rally said Paul’s message appealed to her.
“Just your basic rights of freedom and liberty and not having to feel like you are under the thumb of government,” said supporter Melissa Hollenbeck.