man purporting to be a Rand Paul supporter was caught on film
brandishing a racist sign at a rally in Kentucky this past weekend,
then later spotted marching with supporters of Paul's political
In a another blatant case of provocateuring, the man, who introduced
himself as "Tyler" was spotted wearing a tin foil
hat and flip flops around his neck with the word "CAP &
TRADE" written on them.
While carrying an official Rand Paul campaign hand fan, he
also held an anti-immigration sign that read "They take
our jobs! Corrupt our children! STEAL the American Dream!"
The provocateur was caught out by an attendee at the Fancy
Farm political celebration in Kentucky who claimed he saw the
man speaking with supporters and campaign officials of Paul's
opponent for the Kentucky Senate, Jack Conway, shortly before
making his way into the crowds.
"Obviously you're a Conway fan because I just heard one
of the Conway guys say you work for Conway." the cameraman
said as he confronted the man.
"They said you were going to say the most racist things
you could so people would think that Rand stands for that."
"Oh absolutely not" the man replied.
Later on, the cameraman caught up with "Tyler" as
he marched with Conway supporters.
Watch the video:
The Louisville Courier Journal even used footage of the man,
portraying him as a legitimate Rand Paul supporter in the following
Weigel of Slate picked up on the video and contacted
the Conway campaign for an explanation. Staffers on the Conway
team denied having any knowledge of who the man was or what
he was doing at the event.
However, Slate readers and real Rand Paul supporters did some
digging around and have revealed that the man is Tyler Clay
Collins, a Murray State University member of the Kentucky Young
Democrats, who worked campaigning for Obama for two years.
Pictures taken from Collins' facebook page, which has since
been pulled, show him at an Obama rally in 2008 and posing with
Jack Conway backer Crit Luallen. Collins even has Conway as
a Facebook friend:
Furthermore, in a comment left on
a 2008 news article about Obama's presidential
campaign, Collins declared himself "a hardcore Democrat".