Rand Paul Wants to See Donald Trump’s Certificate

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While Donald Trump was somehow willing himself to shake the greasy, germ-infested hands of New Hampshire diners yesterday, Kentucky senator Rand Paul was also in the state, and he had some cutting jokes about the man who, by the way, remarked in February that "Ron Paul cannot get elected, I'm sorry":

“I’ve come to New Hampshire today because I’m very concerned,” Mr. Paul said. “I want to see the original long-form certificate of Donald Trump’s Republican registration.”

As a bit of laughter erupted in the room, he added: “Seriously, don’t you think we need to see that?” ...

“I’m going to believe it when I see his embossed seal to his Republican registration,” said Mr. Paul, a rising figure in the Republican Party who is visiting New Hampshire this week during the Congressional recess. He spoke with a smile, but his words marked one of the first times that a leading Republican has challenged Mr. Trump’s ties to the party.

Wait a second, Rand Paul, just hold on for one second. You're suggesting that Donald Trump — a man who called for George W. Bush to be impeached; who has donated thousands of dollars to Chuck Schumer, Kirsten Gillibrand, Harry Reid, John Kerry, and Rahm Emanuel; who supported universal health care and used to refer to himself as "totally pro-choice"; and who was a registered Democrat as recently as September of 2009 — might not actually be a legit Republican? You are truly the radical thinker of our time.

Rand Paul Questions Trump’s Republican Credentials [Caucus/NYT]