Former Rep. Ron Paul argued that real estate mogul and 2016 presidential candidate Donald Trump “a dangerous person” in an interview with Fox News’ Alan Colmes Thursday morning.
Paul told Colmes that Trump is dangerous due to his “authoritarian” means of acquiring his wealth, saying that he’s the “opposite of a libertarian.” The former congressman also said that he likes Trump in one way: the way he’s been able to cause disruption to the party system.
“Well, I don’t even care whether he’s good or bad for the Republican Party. I don’t have much interest in that per see,” Paul said. “But I do think he’s a dangerous person, and a lot of people find him sort of funny and they love him — even libertarians.”
“They like him because he’s so disruptive to the party system, and I enjoy that too,” Paul said. “But I think he is a man that if conditions deteriorate, which they can — see I work on the assumption that the world is no more stable than Greece, and if those conditions come, people want to be told, you know, what to do.
“[H]e is almost the opposite of a libertarian, because it’s not like ‘I want to give you your freedom and your liberty to run your life as you choose,'” Paul said. “‘Your civil liberties are absolutely yours, you can’t hurt anybody, but it’s your own money you can spend it any way you want.’ But he sounds like the person that ‘I know the answers and I’m going to do this and I’ve done this, I’m this, this and this.’”
“He’s an authoritarian and that’s the way he claims he made all his money. So I see that as dangerous,” he said.
Paul also told the host that he, of course, hopes his son, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, wins the GOP nomination.