During a lengthy “Festivus” rant on X, formerly Twitter, Senator Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, had a message for former President Donald Trump and several of his GOP colleagues.
Paul began his lengthy X article with:
“It’s that time of year once more. Merry #Festivus! I have a lot of issues with you people! And now you’re going to find out about it,” he wrote. The message begins with several things he is thankful for, such as the removal of Representative Kevin McCarthy, a California Republican, from the House speakership in early October.
Paul also targeted Missouri Senator Josh Hawley, 2024 GOP presidential contender Vivek Ramaswamy, Neoconservatives (Neocons), and Trump.
“When was someone going to tell me that there was another Cheney family member?” People complain that Nikki Haley does not use her birth name, but I had no idea she had been trying to conceal her complete neocon pedigree all these years. Speaking of birth certificates, “Who is going to tell President Trump that removing people from the ballot for bogus reasons sometimes comes back to bite you in the rear…?” Paul wrote of the former president.
Paul’s remarks alluded to Trump’s ascent to fame as a result of his promotion of the phony “birther” conspiracy theory, which claimed former President Barack Obama was not born in the United States. Trump also stated in 2016 that challengers Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton should not be allowed to run for president.
Paul sparred with Trump during the GOP presidential campaign in 2016 and eventually backed him after dropping out. Last year, Paul called for the repeal of the Espionage Act after the FBI issued a search warrant at Trump’s Florida mansion to look for top secret and sensitive compartmentalized material. Meanwhile, the senator has yet to declare his support for the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.
Paul was contacted by Newsweek via email for additional comment.
The Colorado Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week that Trump, the Republican favorite for the 2024 presidential nomination, would be prevented from appearing on the state’s primary ballot.
The 14th Amendment was noted in the verdict, which prohibits U.S. officials who take an oath to protect the Constitution from holding office in the future if they engage in insurrection. The court ruled that Trump could not be re-elected because of his claimed role in the January 6, 2021 riot at the United States Capitol.
Trump’s campaign spokesperson, Steven Cheung, has promised to pursue an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.
“The Colorado Supreme Court issued a completely flawed decision tonight, and we will file an appeal to the United States Supreme Court as soon as possible, as well as a concurrent request for a stay of this deeply undemocratic decision.”
“We are confident that the United States Supreme Court will quickly rule in our favor, putting an end to these unAmerican lawsuits,” Cheung said in part in a statement.
Paul’s X thread is a reference to a popular Seinfeld episode in which the secular festival of “Festivus,” which takes place on December 23, involves a supper, an unadorned aluminum Festivus pole, and customs such as “airing of grievances” and “feats of strength.”
Paul also used the thread to air his long-held complaints at former White House medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“Everyone believes I’ll begin with Dr. Fauci. You are correct. “After almost three years of lying and deception, my one and only wish for Dr. Fauci this Christmas is that he can send this Christmas song to someone he loves very soon,” the senator said, adding a Spotify link to singer-songwriter John Prine’s song “Christmas in Prison.”