Rand Paul didn't hold back in a hearing on Thursday hearing, confronting P. David Lopez who has been nominated to serve as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission new general counsel. Paul used the hearing to lambaste the idea that the EEOC can investigate and punish businesses where a formal complaint hasn't even been lodged against the business.
It's something Paul called "entrapment."
“Do you realize the downside of the unlimited nature of going after people with no complaint and what this is going to do to business?” he asked out loud, getting more fiery as he went along. “Do you not understand what we’ve got to somehow balance that we want people to have jobs?”
"You’re going after law-abiding people where there’s been no complaint and you don’t feel, at all, any compunction or guilt over what you are doing?” That's when he really let Lopez have it: “How can you show up to work? How can you show up to work with a straight face and prosecute people where there's been no complaint? How can you do this? I don’t understand how you wouldn’t resign immediately, and say, ‘This is abhorrent. This is so against everything America stands for.'”
Lopez responded by saying his mother was a small-business owner so he understands the challenges, to which Paul shot back: "Ask her how she would feel if you came into her business an started harassing her over her hires."
Ultimately, Lopez said the EEOC goes about its business in the way it does because, “Most individuals who get discriminated against in the hiring process do not know that they’ve been discriminated against because employers usually do not say that they’ve been discriminated against.”
Watch the back-and-forth below: