Rand Paul Airs Grievances in Annual Festivus Tweetstorm

He did not hold back the punches in holiday "Waste Report"
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 24, 2017 3:10 PM CST
Rand Paul Airs Grievances in Annual Festivus Tweetstorm
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., speaks to supporters in Hebron, Ky.   (AP Photo/Bryan Woolston, file)

“Before we get started, I need to alert @FoxNews and someone in DC that this is NOT a war on Christmas. It’s a war on everything else.” Sen. Rand Paul opened his yearly Festivus Twitter rant with this poke at Fox News, then continued to air his grievances Costanza-style. Made popular in the 1997 Seinfeld episode “The Strike,” Festivus is a parody holiday aimed at the commercialism of Christmas. The Kentucky senator has made it a Festivus tradition on December 23 to partake in the "Airing of Grievances," but with a focus on government spending. Per the Lexington Herald-Leader, the libertarian took shots at everyone from Hillary Clinton to President Trump to UFOs, but focused most of his 20-minute tweetstorm on government spending.

“It may not seem like a lot of money, but we spent just under $100k to make sure Kenyan farmers knew how to use Facebook,” he wrote. Along with his takedown of spending, the Kentucky senator made time for a few playful jabs at Trump: “I want to pause to wish @realDonaldTrump a Happy Festivus. We told him to take today off, since he airs his grievances on here every day.” According to NPR, Paul also tweeted about Harry Reid ("HOW IS IT YOU NEVER TOLD ME ABOUT THE ALIENS, HARRY??!!), Hillary Clinton, and Ted Cruz. Paul capped off his rant with a link to a 42-page document detailing this year’s grievances. (More Rand Paul stories.)

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