Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky, who is running for president in 2016, has been caught twice being rude to female journalists.
Paul interrupted "Today" host Savannah Guthrie earlier this month when she recalled how his positions on Israel and Iran had changed (video below). Paul accused Guthrie of editorializing and told her what question to ask him.
In February, Paul told CNBC's Kelly Evans, "Let me finish. Hey, hey, hey, let me finish, hey Kelly, hey, hey, shhh. Quiet, calm down a bit here, Kelly. Let me answer the question," reported The Huffington Post (video below).
In response to criticism, Paul defended himself to CNN, "I think if you're forthright and answer a lot of questions, sometimes you'll get people who won't let you answer the questions and that makes for a difficult answer."
Paul went one step further yesterday during an interview with Iowa talk radio show host Simon Conway, who repeatedly praised him, noted RightWingWatch.org (video below).
Paul tried to make the case that those criticizing him were somehow guilty of sexism for mentioning that he was rude to female journalists.
Paul didn't name anyone specifically, but said:
The kind of funny thing about it is that it’s kind of a sexist position to think that somehow women announcers are less capable to handle themselves than men. I don’t think that, but everybody that was complaining about it, thinking it had something to do with gender, basically, that’s insulting to the people doing the questioning.
Really, the problem is that we have a lot of media that are just so far on the left that we just don’t have any neutral questions. If you go on there as a Democrat, they laugh and yuck it up and, you know, talk about how great things are going and, but it’s a little bit different when Republicans are on the national news.