- A video has emerged of Senator Rand Paul telling students that spreading disinformation is a “great tactic.”
- A Kentucky senator was speaking to students in 2013 at the University of Louisville.
- He said he would spread false information about exams to competing students to mislead them ahead of exams because they “work”.
An old video of Kentucky Senator Rand Paul has surfaced telling a student hall that he will sometimes spread disinformation, calling it a “great tactic.”
the sectionPosted by epidemiologist Eric Weigl-Ding on Twitter, the Kentucky senator is shown talking to students during a lecture at the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 2013.
The lecture was given at the time by The Atlantic, which detailed the context of the question. According to The Atlantic, one of the students asked Paul if he had “last-minute advice” about their exams the next day.
In response, Ball said he “never cheated” and did not condone the practice, but added, “But sometimes I may spread misinformation. This is a great tactic. Disinformation can be very important.”
Paul then described how he and some of his classmates spread misinformation to students who they considered competitors and send them down the wrong path while preparing for an exam.
“We’re just starting to spread the rumor that we know what was on the test, and that it’s definitely going to be all about the liver, and everything, and the vast majority of questions are all about the liver,” he said. “We have tried to deceive all of our competing students into overstudying for the liver and not studying for the kidneys and every other organ.”
“That’s my advice, disinformation works,” Paul said.
A representative for Paul responded to a request for comment from Insider via email, saying, “Anyone watching the video can clearly see that Dr. Paul was making a nice joke that addresses the very real pressures of medical school.”
The video surfaced after NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci accused Paul this week of spreading false information about him for political gain.
“What happens when [Paul] He goes out and accuses me of totally untrue things is that he’s fueling insane in there, and I have threats to my life, [and] “Harassed my family and children with lewd phone calls because people are lying to me,” Fauci said.
Then Fauci Upload a hard copy from the Paul campaign website, which read: “Shoot Dr. Fauci.”
“You attacked your colleagues politically and in a politically reprehensible way you attacked their reputation,” Fauci said.
Ophthalmologist Fauci and Paul clashed repeatedly, with Fauci accusing Paul of lying to Congress during a heated exchange during a Senate hearing in July.