On MSNBC’s “The ED Show” on Thursday, former Clinton adviser James Carville explained why he was not on board with Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s protestations of the Obama administration’s drone policy.
According to Carville, Paul’s concerns that a drone could strike an American citizen on U.S. soil were similar to those who believe in birtherism and deny evolution and global warming.
“Let’s remember, this is a party that vast numbers — vast numbers believe that the president was not born in the United States,” Carville said. “Vast numbers think that the earth is 5,000 years old, that dinosaurs and people occupied the earth at the same time. Vast numbers deny climate change. I mean, they’ve got people like preppers and birthers and God knows whatnot over there.”
“So, some of them are going to believe when Rand Paul says that,” he continued. “By the way, FreedomWorks, you remember this clown outfit, paid Dick Armey an $8 million severance and they had guns up in there trying to get papers out and everything? They’re supporting Rand Paul to the nth degree. Don’t think for one minute that he doesn’t have deep support with all these cockamamie conspiracy theories he’s got going and blowing people up in restaurants in Houston and bedrooms in Bowling Green.”
And Carville added that Paul’s sentiments seemed to be a product of a Republican Party that is suspicious of the government and science.
“You’ve got 10 House members that are on birther bills. You had half the Republican presidential field in 2008 denying evolution. I mean, the idea that this is somehow some just kind of nutty thing — this is a party. I’m not saying all of them — maybe not most. But vast numbers believe in some of the weirdest stuff that you can imagine.”
(h/t RCP Video)