Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., compared NSA surveillance tactics to lynchings while being interviewed by WDRB-TV in Louisville, Ky., last Friday.
He was volunteering at the Plymouth Community Center's food pantry, which is run by African-Americans, a group that has not supported Paul strongly because of his civil rights positions, noted MofoPolitics.com.
“There was a time in our country when we would just say, ‘Oh, people are guilty,’” Paul told WDRB-TV (video below).
“One of them was when we judged the guilt of African-Americans by lynching," Paul said. "People say, ‘Oh, that’s a dramatic comparison.’ Well that’s why we have steps and processes you go through to make sure you don’t have adjudication of guilt without a trial, without a lawyer, without a judge involved.”
He added: “I think Republicans need to show up in places where we haven’t been showing up. And I’m not here asking for anybody’s vote, but I want them to know that I am a senator for the whole state, whether people supported me or not, whether they are going to vote for me or not. I want people to know that I do care about all the communities of Louisville and all of Kentucky."