Two days after sparring with Donald Trump at the start of the Republican presidential debate, Rand Paul continued lashing out at the billionaire businessman, telling conservatives in South Carolina that they were "kidding themselves" if they bought Trump's outside-the-Beltway platform.
"I can't imagine Donald Trump even knowing what a tea party is," the Kentucky senator told supporters in Goose Creek, S.C., The Washington Post reports.
He was referring to the conservative political movement. "Where is our sense? Where is our common sense?
"This is a guy who was pro-choice before he was pro-life," Paul said. "This is a guy who was liberal before he was conservative.
"This is a guy who was a Democrat before he was a Republican before he was a Democrat before was an independent before was a Republican again."
During the debate, Paul started the showdown at the outset of the debate when Trump refused to rule out an independent run or supporting the eventual nominee.
The senator accused Trump of "hedging his bets," since a third-party run is essentially tantamount to putting a Democrat in the White House.
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is the front-runner.
"He's already hedging his bet on the Clintons. Okay?" Paul charged during the debate. "If he doesn't run as a Republican, maybe he supports Clinton or maybe he runs as an independent."
Paul was not at the RedState gathering of conservatives in Atlanta, where Trump was disinvited for his attacks on Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly, one of the three debate moderators.
However, "Senator Rand Paul believes Mr. Trump's comments about Megyn Kelly were inappropriate and offensive," Sergio Gor, Paul's spokesman, told the Post.
Trump told CNN Friday that the moderators, who also included Bret Baier and Chris Wallace, had "an agenda" and accused Kelly of being a lightweight.
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