Festivus Comes to the Senate: 5 Holiday Zingers from Rand Paul
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Festivus Comes to the Senate: 5 Holiday Zingers from Rand Paul

Rand Paul (R-KY) has been a bit of a Scrooge in this year’s GOP presidential contest but on Wednesday the senator raised his spirits as he celebrated the parody holiday of “Festivus,” taking to Twitter with a series of grievances about his fellow White House rivals.

For the agnostics out there, the faux “Festivus” holiday on December 23 gained public attention in a 1997 episode of the TV show Seinfeld.

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Here’s what the dedicated libertarian had to say about his 2016 GOP opponents.

1. Paul chided Republican frontrunner Donald Trump for his use of a vulgar, Yiddish-derived word to describe Hillary Clinton’s 2008 primary loss to Barack Obama.

(For the record, Trump says the word is not “vulgar.”)

2. He also seemed to endorse Trump’s other new critique of Clinton, about her holding up the last Democratic debate because she was returning from the bathroom, an incident the former reality TV star called “disgusting.”

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3. Paul, an ophthalmologist who hasn’t shied away from arguments on the debate stage, poked fun at retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson for his low-key performances.

4. The Kentucky lawmaker dinged his colleague Marco Rubio (R-FL) for his poor attendance record in the Senate, a line of attack Rubio seems unable to quash.

5. And Paul aired a grievance with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for being born in Canada.