Rand Paul Airs 'Festivus' Grievances on Twitter, Hints at 2016 Run


Sen. Rand Paul engaged in his annual "Festivus" Twitter tirade today, airing his grievances with government and not-so-subtly hinting that he is running for president in 2016.

Festivus is a fake December holiday invented on the TV show Seinfeld; its most beloved tradition is the "Airing of Grievances," where family members take turns explaining how other people at the table have wronged or disappointed them. Each year, in honor of Festivus, Paul takes to Twitter to air his grievances with the federal government and other politicians.

Here were some of the highlights for 2014:

First, politics in general: As a Doctor, I was trained first to do no harm. Wouldn't it be nice if politicians started from that premise?

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2014

Your government spent $387,000 of your money on Swedish massages for rabbits. #AiringOfGrievances

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2014

Did you know you could go to jail in DC for 90 days for giving a tour without a license? #AiringOfGrievances (h/t @businessinsider )

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2014

And don't even try to sell raw milk without a license. #AiringOfGrievances

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2014

Paul is also making headlines for a tweet about his wardrobe that strongly implies he will be running for president:

Of course, everyone has to be themselves, and I have my own style. I think this will be a popular item this year pic.twitter.com/ejuPwOAb6E

— Senator Rand Paul (@SenRandPaul) December 23, 2014

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Paul is up for re-election to the Senate in 2016 as well, of course, so this could merely be an acknowledgment of that. But I wouldn't count on it.