On Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul, a Kentucky Republican, issued his annual Festivus “airing of grievances” about several political figures including President Donald Trump and senators Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz.

Paul took to Twitter in the spirit of his fictional Seinfeld holiday tradition. “You’ll be surprised to learn I have some grievances with people in Washington, fellow members, and others. It’s time to talk about them now because it’s the holiday season,” Paul’s caption began as part of a long Twitter thread.


“Let’s start with POTUS I like the President, I honestly do. I know people don’t believe me. But the man seems to have a problem keeping staff around him. But they solved the problem. I went to the White House the other day and there were at least 14 ppl in Mick Mulvaney masks,” he continued. 

“Mick is a good friend of mine, in fact, a lot of people probably don’t remember he was the national co-chair for my Presidential campaign. Uh oh, probably just got him fired,” he continued, with an image of Trump’s signature line of  “You’re fired!” on the TV show The Apprentice. He then went on to give White House senior advisor Jared Kushner credit for his efforts in passing a criminal justice reform bill.

“Congress has now decided to shut down the government because they aren’t spending enough money. I got suspicious when Ted Cruz came back from Thanksgiving break with that beard,” he wrote. 

He also mocked Graham for his opposition to Trump’s decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. “My friend Lindsay Graham is a bit mad right now,” he wrote. “You see, he’s never seen a war end before. He’s going to have to console himself with the fact that we still are in about 8 more. I know it will be hard for him, but I think he’ll get by.”

“I have to tell you; I haven’t seen a Senator who loves war this much since the Star Wars Prequels,” he continued, with a photo of the character Senator Palpatine.

Paul concluded the Twitter thread by wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and noting how he and Sen. Cory Booker helped pass bills including hemp legalization in the farm bill and criminal justice reforms.

“All kidding aside, they were important, bipartisan reforms that show how Washington CAN work if people from both sides of the aisle get together on things that make sense,” he wrote. “So everyone enjoy your feats of strength today. Air your grievances here or in your home.  But remember, thanks to Donald Trump we are ALL saying Merry Christmas this year — so repeat after me: MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to everyone even the haters and losers.”

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