During a radio interview yesterday, Senator Rand Paul weighed in on the ongoing unrest in Baltimore. “I came through the train on Baltimore last night,” the Kentucky Republican and 2016 presidential candidate told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. Chuckling, he added, “I’m glad the train didn’t stop.” There’s just one problem with Sen. Paul’s account: Every train traveling through Baltimore that night stopped at Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Station.
The remark might have been easy to overlook; Paul followed it by urging listeners to understand that “this isn’t just a racial thing,” citing “the breakdown of the family structure, the lack of fathers, [and] the lack [of] a moral code” as the non-racial factors that provoked the upheaval.
But Paul, who was traveling from New York to Washington, would have been strictly limited to Amtrak in terms of train-based options. Reached by phone, a spokesperson for Amtrak, the owner of Baltimore’s rail transportation hub, confirmed that all Amtrak routes that travel through Baltimore make stops in Baltimore. “Amtrak continues to operate and make all scheduled stops at Baltimore Penn Station [and] the station remains open to ticketed passengers.”
Why, then, did Paul misrepresent his itinerary? Did he take a train at all? Do trains even exist?
At publication time, Senator Paul’s camp had declined to respond to multiple requests for comment.
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