Rand Paul (R-KY) is a popular man right now. Polls show his Kentucky voters love the work he’s doing in the Senate and would support him in a presidential bid as well. His popularity has skyrocketed in recent months, as he’s publicly voiced staunch opposition to the surveillance activities of the NSA.
But just as his father has done for decades, the Libertarian-leaning Paul is ruffling some feathers within the GOP establishment. One senator, Rep. Peter King (R-NY), is now saying Paul doesn’t even deserve his seat in the senate.
King ripped Paul for threatening to sue the Obama administration over the NSA’s policies. According to King, the controversial agency is “doing exactly what its supposed to be doing.”
“Rand Paul does not know what he’s talking about. And, Rand Paul is really spreading fear among the American people," King said. “To me, he’s either totally uninformed or he’s part of that hate America crowd that I thought left us in the 1960s."
King accused Paul of spreading fear and paranoia amongst the American public.
“We can have honest differences about what [NSA’s] policies are, but what Rand Paul is creating is hysteria,” King said. “The same reason he was saying he was worried about the CIA using drones to kill Americans in Starbucks. He is playing on some sort of … fear mongering, isolationism. Rather than using intelligent arguments, as people could well do, he is resorting to fear, he’s appealing to the lowest common denominator. And I find that very offensive.
“In any event, he doesn’t deserve to be in the United States Senate for spreading that type of misperception and absolute lies to be honest with you," King added.
Meanwhile Paul, never one to curb his public opinions to appease his superiors, continued to defend his class-action lawsuit against the NSA. The lawsuit accuses the agency of searching people’s personal communications without a sufficient warrant.
“I think the idea of a class-action lawsuit with hundreds of thousands of participants really beats home and brings to the forefront the idea that this is a generalized warrant and it should be considered unconstitutional," Paul said.