Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky recently claimed that the riots in Baltimore were caused by a "lack of fathers" and "lack of sort of a moral code in our society."
Paul made the comments during an interview with conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on Tuesday, noted Talking Points Memo (video below).
While discussing the causes of the riots, Paul said:
But the thing is that really there's so many things that we can talk about, it's something we talk about not in the immediate aftermath, but over time: the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, the lack of sort of a moral code in our society. And this isn't just a racial thing, it goes across racial boundaries, but we do have problems in our country...
Last week, Paul's son William Hilton Paul reportedly crashed his vehicle into a parked car in Lexington, Kentucky, noted the Lexington Herald-Leader.
According to the police citation, the 22-year-old Paul failed a field sobriety test and wouldn't take a blood test.
The young man was charged with operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain his car insurance.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reported, "This is the third time William Paul has had a run-in with the law because of alcohol use."
Paul made no comment about his son or his parenting style in relation to the incidents.