Justin Amash Apologizes to Rand Paul for Libertarian Party Tweet

After BLM and Antifa militants surrounded and  attempted to physically attack Senator Rand Paul and his wife Kelley following the August 27 Republican National Convention, the Libertarian Party Twitter account mocked Paul and downplayed the event Thursday.  In response to a user who tweeted “Rand Paul is afraid somebody on the sidewalk might yell at him,” the party tweeted:

SHHHH

You might spook him.

The tweet has since been removed.

Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash later apologized to Senator Paul on Twitter:

I apologize to @RandPaul for this tweet from @LPNational. What happened to him was wrong.

Rand has been my (and our) ally time and again. I’m committed to building a Libertarian Party that unites millions of Americans and works with Rand and others to advance individual liberty.

Paul is the son of the Libertarian Party’s 1988 presidential nominee and lifetime member Ron Paul.  He worked on his father’s ’88 campaign. Since his election to the Senate in 2010, Paul has been widely regarded as the most libertarian member of the body.  He has sided with the Libertarian Party on such issues as foreign policy, military spending, civil liberties, and criminal justice reform.  He recently introduced the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act, which would ban no-knock warrants.  In 2018, Paul endorsed Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson in the New Mexico U.S. Senate race.

Outside of the incident last month, Paul has been the subject of at least two violent attacks.  At a Congressional baseball game in 2017, a leftist gunman attempted to assassinate Paul, instead severely injuring Congressman Steve Scalise and three others.  Later that year, Paul’s neighbor violently attacked him as he mowed his yard, requiring Paul to undergo surgery for internal injuries two years later.

The National Libertarian Party has been generally hostile toward Paul and his father in recent years.  A look at the party’s past twelve Twitter mentions of Paul have all been negative. In 2015, the party posted a graphic with Paul’s photo on Facebook with the caption “no more Bushes, Clintons, or Pauls.”  It blasted Paul for his 2012 endorsement of Mitt Romney for president, but made no comment when 2016 Libertarian vice presidential nominee Bill Weld endorsed Joe Biden for president this year.

Libertarian comedian Dave Smith had this to say about the Libertarian Party’s treatment of Paul and its recent tweet:

Rand Paul is the most libertarian member of the Senate, the son of a former LP Presidential candidate and liberty hero. He has been shot and and viciously attacked in the last few years. But sure mock him being scared of a mob, I’m sure these tough LP guys wouldn’t be spooked.

17 thoughts on “Justin Amash Apologizes to Rand Paul for Libertarian Party Tweet

  1. George Whitfield

    Glad to hear that Justin Amash is reaching out to Rand Paul. I good policy for the LP would be to think before tweeting.

  2. dL

    Libertarian comedian Dave Smith had this to say about the Libertarian Party’s treatment of Paul and its recent tweet:

    They are doing something right if they’re pissing off libertarian[sic] comic dave smith.

  3. SocraticGadfly

    So, Amash is kind of chickenshit?

    The original Tweet was pretty accurate, I think, from watching clips of the “incident.”

    Next, “militants” is kind of pejorative, IMO.

    NOW … per a previous Saturn post, if one of the activists had had A VACCINATION NEEDLE then we could call him or her a terrorist!

  4. wolfefan

    I don’t know who runs the LP’s social media but it seems like this kind of thing happens more often than it should. The duopoly parties get by with it sometimes since they are trying to rally the base, but the LP doesn’t have that kind of base to rally. They have to persuade, not mock.

  5. Tony From Long Island

    Rand paul is not a libertarian. He’s a Trumpist who sometimes has a conscience.

  6. Thane Eichenauer

    Rand Paul is, in my eys, the most freedom minded member of the US Senate. Should he be immune from criticism? No. Should he be menaced? Also, no. If the people of the Libertarian Party can put up a better US Senate candidate I imagine that candidate, if elected, would find a ready ally with Rand Paul.

    To presume that either Rand Paul or Donald Trump does not have a conscience is to presume that they are not as human as the rest of us. Personally I believe that all all 535 members of conscience are fully and completely human no matter how often others might infer otherwise.

  7. dL

    To presume that either Rand Paul or Donald Trump does not have a conscience is to presume that they are not as human as the rest of us.

    Politicians fit the classic psych profile of a psychopath. Look it up. But the operative word here would be empathy, not conscience…or should I say, the lack thereof.

  8. Jared

    Rand Paul identifies as a Constitutional conservative and doesn’t claim to be a libertarian. He goes along to get along with the GOP leadership, but I agree with Smith that he is still the “most libertarian member of the Senate.” A noninterventionist foreign policy is his overriding concern, and he takes more of an interest in criminal justice reform than do most of his fellow Republicans.

    The article notes that Paul has been viciously assaulted before. I don’t know what woke Twitter points this idiot hoped to score by ridiculing the man for being afraid, for himself and his wife, but he has no business doing it in the name of the Libertarian Party. Even if Rand Paul were the least libertarian Senator, it wouldn’t matter. The tweet was needlessly antagonistic, juvenile, and wrong.

  9. dL

    The article notes that Paul has been viciously assaulted before. I don’t know what woke Twitter points this idiot hoped to score by ridiculing the man for being afraid,

    I wonder if Jared was triggered by V for Vendetta, you know, the governments should be afraid of the people part…

  10. Jill Pyeatt

    No one should have been subjected to what Dr. Paul and his wife Kelley went through, including Democrats or Republicans. I can’t figure out what has happened to the Libertarian Party.

  11. Andrew

    This tweet that everybody is all pissed over, was taken out of context. The LP chair has made this clear already.

    “I’d like to let you all know about steps I’ve taken today, since I know there’s been some concern and many of you probably heard from people about it.

    It looks like the context of yesterday’s situation was Conan O’Brien tweeting an anti-LP joke, which was especially tasteless and ill-timed since it was to the effect of Libertarians being unable to reach their mothers. Some random account replied to that tweet, bringing Rand Paul into it, and then our reply to *that* tweet. Apparently the intent of the reply was referencing Rand’s call for a bunch of subpoenas and an FBI investigation after the angry crowd incident last week, but it could be read as condoning the mobbing itself. That the reply could be read that way was a serious mistake and not good judgment. Then people who want to be outraged at the LP blew it up from there, followed by Rep. Amash tamping it down. It was deleted shortly after that.” – JBH

    https://groups.google.com/a/lp.org/forum/m/?place=forum/lnc-business&showsearch=true&showpopout=true&showtabs=false#!topic/lnc-business/-n5aIgBBrDI

  12. dL

    Ooh, how edgy.

    It was in the film but the line was taken from Alan Moore’s graphic novel which was much darker than the film adaptation. And no, V would never sign a political party pledge.

  13. Jared

    Moore’s line itself is a paraphrase of a 1914 quote by the anti-socialist writer John Basil Barnwell. And I wasn’t referring to V.

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