Out of context Senate quotes: "I want to make formal objection to the crazy bastard standard."—
Juana Summers (@jmsummers) November 30, 2012
Hey, all you crazy bastards out there: Sen. Rand Paul’s got your back.
During a Senate debate on the detention and trial of terrorism suspects, Sen. Lindsey Graham argued that Americans don’t want to close Guantanamo Bay “to bring these crazy bastards that want to kill us all to the United States.”
Responding to Graham, Paul defended the right to trial by jury as he urged his colleagues to support the Feinstein-Lee amendment regarding indefinite detention of Americans. And perhaps setting a new Senate floor record, he used the term “crazy bastard” five times.
I will tell you since I know this record of this debate will be widely read, that I want to make former objection to the crazy bastards standard. I don’t really think that if we’re going to have a crazy bastard standard that we shouldn’t have a right to trial by jury, because if we’re going to lock up all the crazy bastards, for goodness sakes – would you not want if you’re a crazy bastard to have a right to trial by jury?
The Lee-Feinstein Amendment, co-sponsored by Paul, passed in a 67 to 29 vote.
The crazy bastards could not be reached for comment.