Rand Paul: 'Goons' Set Up Barricades Around Monuments

Tuesday, 01 Oct 2013 10:47 PM

By Greg Richter

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Sen. Rand Paul isn't impressed with the closing of national monuments to tourists as part of the government shutdown, noting someone had to work to put up barriers that normally aren't there.

"Some idiot in government sent goons out there to set up barricades so they couldn't see the monument," Paul, R-Ky., said Tuesday on Fox News Channel's "Hannity." "People had to spend hours setting up barricades where there are never barricades, to prevent people from seeing the World War II monument 'cause they're trying to play a charade."

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A group of veterans who had traveled to Washington, D.C., to see the World War II Memorial crashed through the barricades and visited the open-air monument anyway.

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"I mean, these people took Normandy," Rush Limbaugh said on his radio show. "They took the beaches. They're not gonna be shut down by a bunch of Obama barriers in Washington."

A news photo of the Lincoln Memorial showed a sign posted on barricades stating that the monument was closed because of the shutdown. Two guards could be seen in the background, about halfway up the steps.

No barricades or guards stopped a woman from throwing green paint on the base of Abraham Lincoln's statue in July.

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