Newly elected Kentucky Senator Rand Paul boldly stated that the state of affairs in America was an open path for “President Obama to grow into a Hitler-like leader who would snatch up civil liberties in the name of security.”
Paul speaking in a 2009 interview released by a conservative radio show host drew comparable between the rise of Obama and Adolf Hitler. Paul’s statements were made on ThinkProgress.
“I think times of crisis is when we have to worry the most about things. You know, Rahm Emanuel, who’s chief adviser to President Obama, said ‘let no good crisis go past without allowing government to grow, these are our chances for government to grow stronger and for more security at the expense of liberty.’ And it’s happened before. When you have severe crisis, that’s when sometimes strong leaders arise. You had the money destroyed in Germany in 1923 and out of that chaos came Hitler who promised that these awful people were the ones doing this to you and we need to round them up and put them in camps. And the liberties just went out the window. But people actually democratically voted in a Hitler. And I worry about that again in our country. If the money is destroyed in our country, could we get a time where a strong leader comes forward and says ‘we just need security, I’ll make you safe but just give me your liberty.”
Paul’s statements did not stop there. He also stated an attack on Freedom of Speech. “Do they have brown shirts on? Is there a youth patrol talking about hate speech?” Paul asked. “Criticism of a political figure and they’re gonna call it hate speech? That’s a dangerous sign that freedom of speech may be under attack next if we have to be careful about what we say.” Calling it a “Nazi-like takeover of the United States”.
In 2007 Paul made at lease six instances in which he had invoked Hitler on the campaign trail. In 2009 Paul claimed “economic worries could catalyze some sort of Obama-to-Hitler transformation.”
Earlier this year Paul a Right-wing Republican Senatorial Candidate, a favorite of the 2010 the Tea Party movement from Kentucky feels businesses should have a right to ignore the law and discriminate against minorities and gays if they want and he also apparently feels his campaign can ignore copyright law if it wants.
Paul has issues with the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Americans Disabilities Act. He criticized Civil Rights by stating that “had he been in office during debate of bill, he would have tried to change the Legislation. It stifled First Amendment Rights.” Paul was one year old when the Civil Rights bill was passed. Defended BP from allegations of negligence in the worst environmental oil disaster in history from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Paul also rejected an interview on “Meet the Press” after his civil rights statements first made public found his history rifled with racism. ThinkProgress points out this all took place before Paul’s Senate election becoming a likeable candidate becoming Kentucky’s next senator.