A tear in time and space: Al Sharpton says he agrees with Rand Paul

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Something strange happened Friday on MSNBC: One of the network’s most partisan hosts actually admitted to agreeing with a Republican senator.

It’s true!

In the midst of a discussion about the current situation in Ferguson, Mo., where a reportedly unarmed 18-year-old African-American was shot and killed by a police officer, MSNBC’s Al Sharpton said he agreed with Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky.

Earlier in the week, Paul wrote in an op-ed published by Time: “Given the racial disparities in our criminal justice system, it is impossible for African-Americans not to feel like their government is particularly targeting them.”

“This is part of the anguish we are seeing in the tragic events outside of St. Louis, Missouri. It is what the citizens of Ferguson feel when there is an unfortunate and heartbreaking shooting like the incident with Michael Brown,” he added.

Sharpton weighed in during a panel discussion Friday.

“It only is exacerbating real feelings about a guy that was killed — as far as we know — for being told to get out of the street,” Sharpton said, referring to an initial account that claims Brown was short shortly after being told to move out of the street.

“I mean, Rand Paul is right. And this is all that we were saying since last weekend,” he added.

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T. Becket Adams

Commentary Writer
The Washington Examiner

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