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Rand Paul. Remember that guy? Nah, probably not. He is a "doctor" and a "senator" and technically still a Republican presidential candidate, although honestly, we haven't thought about him in weeks. But damnit, he would really like some attention please! So while some Republicans, including Paul's presidential rivals, are pretending to be appalled by Donald Trump's "No Muslims Allowed In Trump's America" plan, Sen. Frat Boy wants you to know it was his idea, ACTUALLY:

I’ve called for something similar, which is a moratorium based on high risk. And so we have examined where the high risk of terrorism comes from and it’s about 34 countries. I would put a pause on all immigration from those 34 countries. I have actually introduced legislation and got a vote on it. I had a vote on it just last week. Which is kind of interesting, all the hoopla, because people don't seem to understand a similar concept has already been voted on.

Rand is so proud of himself when he makes a legislation in his pants. He even got 'em to vote on it and everything! And they did vote on it, giving him a resounding "Fuck off with that noise, Rand." Sure, his amendment was defeated 10-89, but at least he got them to look at it for half a second, so clearly, he's presidential material.

It's important to Rand Paul that we note he thinks "it’s a mistake to base immigration or moratoriums based on religion," as Trump so explicitly advocates. But it's also important to the senator for us to note that Trump's plan is basically Rand's plan, except Rand's plan -- the Stop Extremists Coming Under Refugee Entry Act, aka the SECURE Act (get it? get it? those senators are so goddamned clever, aren't they?) -- would suspend visas for all immigrants and refugees from this list of 34 "high risk" countries, to stop them from "exporting terrorists to us."

Where'd the list come from? Who knows? Maybe it came from Hillary Clinton's private email or maybe it came from Rand's daddy's wingnut newsletter or maybe it came from the Department of Homeland Security. But the important part is, Rand Paul has a plan to keep them out, if you know what he means, wink wink, and we should stop giving Trump all the credit Rand Paul rightly deserves.

And why do you think this Trump-ish but not exactly but pretty much the same plan is such a good idea, Sen. Paul?

I think it is a good idea to put a pause on immigration because I don't think we have a good handle on who's here right now. I think we don't have a good handle on who's entering our country and whether they're obeying our laws.

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Gosh, couldn't we just put up some stickers throughout America, telling them, “Hey you, don't you even think of doing terrorism here”? Wouldn't that solve it? Or does that only apply in situations where homegrown killers do mass shootings on school campuses, and we can't even blame the foreigns for it?

[BuzzFeed via TPM / Rand Paul's Senate website]

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