Former Rep. Ron Paul apparently isn't quite ready to leave the spotlight. Today on his Twitter feed, the failed presidential candidate decided to opine on the recent murder of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, who was helping a fellow soldier recover from PTSD at the time he was killed.
Kyle was known as the "deadliest" sniper and holds the record for the most sniper kills of terrorists in U.S. history. Kyle was a hero and a family man who dedicated his post-military life to helping soldiers recovering from war. I spoke to him on the phone a year ago when his best selling book "American Sniper" came out and he was nothing but a gentleman.
Kyle, 38, had left the Navy in 2009 after four tours of duty in Iraq, where he earned a reputation as one of the military's most lethal snipers. But he quickly found a way to maintain contact with his fellow veterans and pass on what had helped him work through his own struggles. By late 2011, he filed the paperwork to establish the nonprofit FITCO Cares, which received its nonprofit status the following spring, said FITCO director Travis Cox.
The work with veterans through FITCO was Kyle's passion, Cox said.
Kyle was always recognized at events, but would deflect attention to other veterans, quickly introducing and praising those around him.
"He (Kyle) didn't have any fear at all as far as working with an extreme case," Cox said. "Just like in combat he would take it on head on and do whatever he could to give these guys assistance. There was no fear in helping anyone that may have an extreme case. He was willing to help anyone in need."
And about why Kyle would take a man with PTSD to the shooting range:
"A lot of people are asking why are you taking somebody who is struggling out to go shooting? Well shooting for guys like us in the military is a very very familiar skill set. It's like taking a basketball player out to shoot hoops, you know? So shooting with military veterans who are trying to re-adjust can be very healing and Chris really used that well to his advantage to help people."
Ron Paul should be ashamed, should issue an apology and then he should just go away. Kyle's wife and kids deserve better.
UPDATE: Paul runs his own Twitter feed meaning it was unlikely a staffer posted the tweet for him.
Paul, 77, is now running his own Twitter feed, a spokesperson says.
"He runs it," said Campaign for Liberty communications director Megan Stiles, who is handling Paul's press requests since he retired. She clarified that Paul started handling his own tweets "since he left office."