Rand Paul said in a radio interview on Wendesday that Sarah Palin's endorsement of Donald Trump "boggled" his mind.
The Kentucky senator and presidential candidate, who was endorsed by Palin in 2010 and once called her "the de facto leader of the Tea Party," said he couldn't understand how anyone coming out of the Tea Party movement could support Trump's candidacy.
"I think Donald Trump still got a long way to go to convince many of us that he is a conservative," Paul told Kilmeade and Friends. "He supposedly supported President Obama in 2008, he supported the single payer system, he supported higher taxes, gave money to Harry Reid, gave money to Charlie Rangel." (Ed. note: Trump backed Sen. John McCain in 2008)
"So call me a conservative, a Tea Party conservative that's not really convinced that Donald Trump is a real conservative," continued Paul. "In many ways he may be a fake conservative because he supports the abuse of eminent domain, he built his business model on the government taking away people's private property and giving it to him. It still boggles my mind that anybody in the Tea Party, the movement that I came out of, could really be supporting Donald Trump."
In her Trump endorsement speech in Iowa on Tuesday, Palin complimented Paul's libertarian streak when it came to foreign policy.
"Let me say something really positive about one of those individuals: Rand Paul," Palin said. "I'm going to tell you about that libertarian streak in him that is healthy, because he knows, you only go to war if you're determined to win the war! And you quit footin' the bill for these nations who are oil-rich, we're paying for some of their squirmishes that have been going on for centuries. Where they're fightin' each other and yellin' 'Allah Akbar' calling Jihad on each other's heads for ever and ever. Like I've said before, let them duke it out and let Allah sort it out."
Paul described the importance of Palin's endorsement back in 2010, when she backed him in his Senate race.
"Sarah Palin, we see sort of as the de facto leader of the Tea Party. She is the most popular person in the country regarding the Tea Party movement and to get her endorsement really helps to confirm what we have been arguing for months now. We are the candidate that is the conservative candidate and we are against the establishment moderate and that's the theme and has been the theme of our campaign for six months now. "
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