Republican presidential candidate Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul had some choice words for fellow candidate Donald Trump when he likened him to the character of Gollum from J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in a Facebook post Wednesday.
Likening Trump to the creature whose insatiable desire for the “One Ring” lured him into corruption was an unusual comparison that Trump’s array of critics had not yet created or exploited, CNN noted. Yet Paul published a scathing commentary on Facebook in which his disdain for Trump shone through unashamedly.
“This race should not be about who can grasp the ring. Electing Gollum should not be our objective. This race should be about which candidate will best protect you from an overbearing government,” Paul wrote on Facebook. “I am the only one on this national stage who really doesn’t want power or dominion over you. I want to set you free, I want to leave you alone, and I want a government so small you can barely see it.”
In the post, Paul also claimed that Trump was “ignorant” regarding the Founding Fathers’ fears of the centralization of power.
“One candidate on this national stage wants you to give him power. He tells you he is rich, so he must be smart,” Paul wrote. “If you give him power he claims he will fix America, but there is another tradition in America. A tradition that believes that power corrupts, and that our goal should be not to gain power but to contain power or limit Presidential power. Our founding fathers feared centralization of power. They wrote the constitution to restrain the accumulation of power by the government. Trump is ignorant of this tradition, or worse yet, he is overtly opposed to the limited government tradition.”
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