There’s a video that’s gone viral of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul campaigning in early-voting Iowa with establishment “Republican” Steve King – a lawmaker we’ve written about in the past.

In the clip, a pair of Mexican immigrants named Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas approach the two politicians – although Paul quickly skedaddles before the confrontation can begin.

A bewildered King is left to fend for himself, at which point Andiola hands him her identification and tells him to “rip it” – given his opposition to U.S. president Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy.

“I know you want to get rid of DACA, so I want to give you the opportunity ’cause you really want to get rid of it, just rip mine,” Andiola says.

Thereafter ensues a conversation in which King tells Andiola “you’re very good at English.”

“I was raised in the United States,” she replies.

“Right, so you can understand the English language,” King says.


Andiola, of course, has a compelling personal narrative – fleeing an abusive father through the desert to wind up in America, where she has lived since she was 11.  She’s attended Arizona State University and even worked on Capitol Hill.  Meanwhile Varga has passed the New York bar, but can’t practice law because of his status.

Anyway, here’s the clip …

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Our only question?

Who told Paul that a vertical-striped pastel shirt was a good idea?  Seriously man … if you’re gonna be a human blur rushing out of an uncomfortable situation, at least be a nondescript blur.