Rand Paul Gets Mansplain-y, Tells Female Anchor How To Interview Him
If you needed any more proof that Rand Paul is definitely the guy in your Philosophy 101 class who wore shirts and ties every day and would just not shut up and let the professor continue the goddamned lesson because he had some qualms with Kant’s categorical imperative and felt like it would be a good time to bring up every possible scenario on earth…well, here we have it!
In an interview with Today show anchor Savannah Guthrie, Paul went full mansplainer, and decided that, instead of answering the question she was asking him, he was going to tell her how he felt she should have asked the question. Paul did not like the fact that Guthrie brought up several instances in which his views had changed, and said that he would prefer her to ask him if his views changed.
Transcript via NBC:
GUTHRIE: You have had views in the past on foreign policy that are somewhat unorthodox, but you seem to have changed over the years. You once said Iran was not a threat, now you say it is. You once proposed ending foreign aid to Israel; you now support it, at least for the time being. And you once offered to drastically cut…
PAUL: No , before we go -
GUTHRIE: Well wait, wait, wait.
GUTHRIE: So I just wonder if you’ve mellowed out.
PAUL: Yeah, why don’t we let me explain instead of talking over me, OK? Before we go through a litany of things you say I’ve changed on, why don’t you ask me a question: Have I changed my opinion?
GUTHRIE: Have you changed your opinion?
PAUL: That’s a better way to approach it.
GUTHRIE: Okay. Is Iran still not a threat?
PAUL: No, no, no, you’ve editorialized it. No no no no, listen. You’ve editorialized. Let me answer a question. You asked a question and you say ‘Have your views changed?’ instead of editorializing and saying my views have changed.
As the Washington Post points out, Rand Paul has a pretty strong tendency to spar with female interviewers. Earlier this year, he straight-up shushed CNBC’s Kelly Evans.
This is not at all surprising to anyone who has ever had a conversation with a dude who calls himself a “right-libertarian,” myself included. I don’t know, maybe they teach that particular technique right after the lesson on interjecting Murray Rothbard into every possible conversation? I don’t know.
Either way, perhaps Rand Paul should just interview himself from now on, given that clearly, he is the only person who knows how to ask him questions in the way he would like them to be asked. Certainly, his PR people should probably keep him the hell away from interacting with any woman on live television for any reason, because he does not pull this off too well.