Rand Paul flips off the media during radio interview on behalf of his fans
Sen. Rand Paul (ABC News Radio)

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) offered an obscene gesture to the media on behalf of his supporters.

The Republican presidential candidate has been relegated to the undercard in Thursday night's debate on Fox Business Network, but he's refusing to participate in the early debate, reported Mediaite.

“To be artificially designated in some kind of lower, second tier sends a signal to the voter that you’re not the same and don’t have a chance," he said during an interview with ABC News Radio.

Paul said his supporters agreed that the mainstream media had helped keep his campaign from gathering momentum, and the Kentucky senator said "99 percent" of his backers would like to extend their middle finger to the media.