Sen. Rand Paul Blames Politicians, Cigarette Tax for Eric Garner's Death (Video)


Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) blamed "political correctness" for the spread of Ebola in October. He also attacked the Obama administration for not doing enough to contain the virus and for sending 3,000 U.S. troops to West Africa to stop Ebola from spreading.

Last night during an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball," Sen. Paul blamed the death of Eric Garner on politicians and a cigarette tax (video below).

Garner was confronted by NYPD officers in Staten Island, New York, for allegedly selling untaxed cigarettes, also called "loose cigarettes." One of the officers placed Garner in a chokehold, which led to his death on July 17.

However, Sen. Paul didn't blame the police officer, noted

"Well you know, I think it’s hard not to watch that video of him saying, ‘I can’t breathe, I can’t breathe’ and not be horrified by it," said Sen. Paul, reports "But I think there’s something bigger than the individual circumstances. Obviously, the individual circumstances are important."

"But I think it's also important to know that some politician put a tax of $5.85 on a pack of cigarettes," added Sen. Paul. "So they've driven cigarettes underground so as not to make them so expensive."

"But then some politician also had to direct the police to say, ‘Hey we want you arresting people for selling a loose cigarette,’" stated Sen. Paul. "And for someone to die over breaking that law, there really is no excuse for it. But I do blame the politicians. We put our police in a difficult situation with bad laws."

Sen. Paul failed to mention that the NYPD officers are not allowed to use chokeholds. Nor is anyone required to be put to death for selling untaxed cigarettes.



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