Ron Paul chose to forgo the Republican National Convention in Florida this week, speaking instead at the University of South Florida to a group of his own supporters.
Buzzfeed captured video of the remarks, focusing on a segment where Ron Paul claimed that, had his people been in charge, thousands of victims from the 9/11 attacks would still be alive.
Paul was discussing foreign policy when he said: “Somebody… said the other day on the Internet, ‘if those Paul people had been in charge, Osama Bin Laden would still be alive.'”
The former presidential candidate countered with emotion: “But you know what I think the answer is? So would the 3000 people [killed] on 9/11, be alive!”
At that, the crowd roared.
Watch the clip, via Buzzfeed, below:
While Ron Paul has made an undeniable impact on the Republican Party in recent years, bringing it more towards the libertarian end of the spectrum, many are unnerved by the man’s foreign policy stance.
In a separate article, Buzzfeed’s Rosie Gray said Ron Paul supporters were talking “mutiny” in Tampa, upset that their man is not going to be the one on the Republican ticket.
Some say they will launch a write-in campaign for Paul, while others are starting to eye Gary Johnson as another leader of the libertarian movement.
However, while Paul has largely attempted to harmonize libertarians and Republicans, Johnson appears to be encouraging the opposite.
“I think what everybody has from [trying to be a part of the Republican Party] is a headache from beating their head against the wall,” Johnson said.
But Paul remains confident the Republican Party will eventually drift to his “tent.”
“We’ll get into the tent, believe me, because we’ll become the tent eventually,” Paul assured. “Once they know we are the future they will know about us.”