The Republican primary for the 2016 presidential nomination sometimes more closely resembled a WWE smackdown than a civil contest.
The debates in particular were absolute bloodbaths, with the candidates taking viscous shots at one another.
One candidate seemed to reserve his best barbs for Donald Trump, keeping the boisterous businessman in his sights until he realized he was no match for Trump and dropped out.
Since the dust has settled, that candidate seems to be singing a different tune.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) wasn’t alone in his criticism for President Trump, but he now appears to be embracing the anti-establishment candidate.
A recent example of this comes from his actions during a House Freedom Caucus meeting last Wednesday, where the conservative members discussed the Obamacare replacement bill.
During that meeting, Senator Paul gave out several copies of Trump’s best-selling book, The Art of the Deal.
From The Washington Examiner:
The Washington Examiner asked Paul’s communications director, Sergio Gor, why Paul brought the books.
“Senator Rand Paul admires President Trump’s negotiation skills and thought it would be helpful for conservatives to brush up ahead of negotiating on the ‘Obamacare Lite’ legislation being offered by the House,” Gor said.
“Obamacare Lite” is the name the Kentucky senator has given to the GOP bill, which Trump supports.
What a long way Senator Paul has come from calling Trump an “orange-faced windbag”.
Paul now views the president as a potential ally in his fight against big government policies that harm the American people, including the GOP’s Obamacare replacement bill.
The bill runs counter to the promises Trump made while he was running for office because it does not go far enough in repealing and replacing Obamacare.
It remains to be seen whether or not the House Freedom Caucus can negotiate their way out of seeing Obamacare-lite passed, but at least now thanks to Senator Paul they are properly armed!
Source: The Washington Examiner