Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky is a very serious person.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Thursday that if he became president he would repeal all previous executive orders.

“I think the first executive order that I would issue would be to repeal all previous executive orders,” he said, according to Breitbart News.

Isn’t that a great idea?

Repealing all executive orders has the potential to undo a large amount of policy. Executive orders, for example, ban assassinations by the United States and organize intelligence agencies under the Director of National Intelligence.

Hmm. Maybe it’s not such a great idea.

“Senator Paul’s statement was meant to emphasize this president’s overt and unconstitutional executive orders, it was not meant to be taken literally,” Paul spokesman Sergio Gor wrote in an email.

Alrighty then. Never mind.

I take it that this falls in the same category as serial plagiarism. It doesn’t matter if you said it or pretended to write it because it wasn’t intended to be taken seriously.

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