Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) gave a bizarre speech on civil rights on Wednesday at Howard University, a predominantly black college in Washington D.C. (video below).
According to Mediaite.com, Sen. Paul rewrote parts of civil rights history and even denied his 2010 criticism the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
Tonight, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow reminded Sen. Paul of his infamous appearance on her show three years ago. (video below).
“The Republican Party has always been the party of civil rights and voting rights,” said Sen. Paul, whose lecture at Howard University focused almost entirely on pre-1964, when GOP presidential candidate Barry Goldwater opposed civil rights legislation, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.
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“How did the Republican Party, the party of the great Emancipator, lose the trust and faith of an entire race?” Sen. Paul asked. “From the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, for a century, most black Americans voted Republican. How did we lose that vote?”
He failed to mention the civil rights support by Democrat Presidents Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman, who integrated the U.S. military against Republican opposition.