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Rand Paul zings Trump administration in annual Festivus rant: “Haven’t seen this many billionaires in 1 place since I staked out Bilderbergs w/ Alex Jones”

Sen. Rand Paul, Republican from Kentucky, is continuing an annual Festivus tradition — an airing (or in his case tweeting) of grievances.

What is Festivus, you ask? Heathen! It is a holiday created in a 1997 episode of “Seinfeld” known as “The Strike.” Rituals include putting an unadorned aluminum poll in the middle of a room, performing feats of strength, and an “Airing of Grievances” that starts with Frank Costanza’s immortal line:

“I got a lot of problems with you and now you’re gonna hear about them!”

It’s December 23rd, and while it would be interesting to see Hillary Clinton air her many, many legitimate grievances (I’m sure James Comey, Vladimir Putin, and of course Donald Trump would all be targets), it was refreshing that Paul was willing to let both sides have it.

He started out by attacking progressive complaints about fake news stories swinging the 2016 presidential election, although he also took a nonpartisan (but somewhat dated) swipe at a certain NBC anchor who embellished his recollections of what happened when he reported on the Iraq War.

He also took some refreshingly bold jabs at the rising leadership in his own party. President-elect Donald Trump’s decision to staff his administration with plutocrats and the growing power of conspiracy theorists like Alex Jones were targeted in his next tweet, although the latter may have also been a self-deprecating jab at Paul’s own appearance on Jones’ racist and anti-Semitic show.

Not all of Paul’s jokes landed, such as this line about Silicon Valley billionaire and PayPal founder Peter Thiel, who is a close adviser to President-elect Trump.

That said, Paul quickly rebounded with a refreshingly honest refusal to make amends with former United Nations ambassador John Bolton, whom the libertarian-ish Paul vowed to block from being secretary of state if nominated by Trump (The Donald went with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson instead).

This was quickly followed by two additional insults directed at the president-elect. The first was for nominating Gov. Rick Perry as secretary of energy despite the former Texas governor’s embarrassing inability to remember that department’s name in a 2011 debate and the second was for seeming to view his upcoming time in the White House as an opportunity to make a quick buck. If anything, it’s surprising that Trump has so far allowed these insults from one of his former rivals for the presidency go unchallenged.

At the time of this writing, Sen. Paul hasn’t finished his Festivus Airing of Grievances, but he promises more to come.

Hopefully Trump can learn from Paul’s example: It’s okay to use Twitter to air one’s grievances on Festivus. You just shouldn’t make an everyday habit of it.

Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and his work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

Matthew Rozsa.

Source: Salon: in-depth news, politics, business, technology & culture > Politics

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