Rachel Maddow tore into Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on her Wednesday MSNBC show for misleading an audience of Howard University students about "never questioning" the Civil Rights Act. Maddow said that she knows Paul lied about that fact because he questioned the Civil Rights Act on her very show.
"I remember [the interview] because it's the last time [Paul] ever spoke to me," Maddow said. She later added, "Rand Paul saying at Howard University today that he never questioned the Civil Rights Act is not true. And it's not true on tape ... It's one thing to have a sketchy record on racial discrimination you don't want to defend, it's another to think you can get away with flat-out lying about it. If you're a U.S. senator, you're Googleable! And people are going to google you so they will know it when you lie to their faces."
Weeks after Republican Party Chairman Reince Priebus said that the GOP was launching "a new national field program designed to engage minority groups and communities at the local level," Paul appeared in front of a crowd at Howard University to ask them, among other things, if the students there knew that the NAACP was founded by Republicans. "Turns out quizzing the audience at Howard University about the history of black America worked better in the teleprompter than it did in the room," Maddow said.