It's funny how many times Senator Rand Paul finds himself running away when the topic of immigration reform pops up. Rep. Steve King, one of the most xenophobic Republicans in Congress, recently defended Donald Trump's anti-Mexican rants on CNN.
“I’d say in Donald Trump’s defense, someone’s doing that to these kids that are being raped and abused,” King continued. “And, when they’re coming across Mexico, it’s a reasonable assumption to conclude the people doing that are Mexicans.”
So when Rand Paul was having lunch with Rep. Steve King and an Iowan voter asked if he agreed with Donald Trump and Rep. King on the Mexican rapists remark, Paul did the one thing he's known for - he ran.
As Digby says:
Rand Paul doesn't know how to turn Mexican bashing and immigration into a states' rights issue so he runs away from it. He'd rather not talk about it because libertarianism doesn't have an answer and the GOP demands one.
And as many have observed:
This is a near remake of the tape where the brave Rand Paul flees a dispute between King and actual immigrants like King has suddenly turned into a peanut and Rand Paul suddenly remembered he was allergic to them. He's not a fan of giving his opinion on whether undocumented immigrants are or are not subhuman monsters. Perhaps he ought to stop hanging out with people who opine those things?
Here's the video from 2014, of the Senator doing the Rand Paul dash after being confronted by two Dreamers.