Rand Paul’s Latest Attention-Grabbing Ploy: Shooting the Tax Code


Sen. Rand Paul really doesn’t like the tax code, and presumably also isn’t thrilled about his performance in the polls. Evidently, the Republican presidential candidate from Kentucky figured it would be best to kill two birds with one stone and tweeted this video this afternoon.

We’ve seen Paul take a chainsaw to the tax code before, but the day of the second GOP debate calls for an upping of the ante. Does it matter that those boxes he’s emptying clips into appear to be just unopened packs of printer paper and not the tax code? Or that this is a cry for attention from someone who is polling at a meager 3 percent, according to recent CBS polling data? Of course not. I mean, just look at him:

With any luck, next week he’ll move on to pyrotechnics.

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