Rand Paul’s Latest Hire: Give Edward Snowden the Nobel Peace Prize

UPDATE: Woman hired to do social media for Rand Paul opposes Pledge of Allegiance
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UPDATE 3:11 P.M.: Copenhaver has also opposed the Pledge of Allegiance because it was “developed by Francis Bellamy, a socialist” as a way to “sell more issues of [the] magazine Youth’s Companion.”

“The pledge was conceived as a way to promote nationalism in order to sell flags to schools as a premium to solicit subscriptions,” says an image she posted to her Facebook page.

“I posted a picture and story explaining this when I first started my page but this sums it up beautifully,” wrote Copenhaver.

In another post, she wrote, “The pledge of allegiance and the ‘roman salute’ was created by Francis Bellamy, a christian socialist, to promote socialism” and posted an image that said the pledge was “adopted later by the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazis).”

She also criticized drones as “Devastating U.S. War Crimes” and promoted the anti-Israel group Breaking the Silence.

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A blogger who has been hired to do social media work for Sen. Rand Paul’s (R., Ky.) likely presidential campaign is not a fan of “stupid armchair jingoes” in the Republican Party, says Sen. John McCain (R., Ariz.) “will use anything to satisfy his blood lust,” and wants Edward Snowden to receive a Nobel Peace prize, according to her Facebook page.

Marianne Copenhaver, also known as “Libertarian Girl,” joined Paul’s team a few months ago to do contract work, the Daily Beast has reported.

Copenhaver’s recent Facebook posts are filled with vehement attacks on the GOP’s foreign policy on Iran, Russia, the Islamic State, Syria, and Israel.

“Nothing makes me rage harder than the GOP trying to start another god damn war. Listen up you stupid armchair jingoes, we (libertarians, constitutional conservatives, and anti-war dems) want nothing to do with your bullshit special interest fueled wars,” wrote Copenhaver in November 2013.

“And to those who listen to the Iran fear mongering on the news and from politicians, just because it’s 2013 does not mean that propaganda doesn’t happen anymore. So keep your drones, and your blind nationalism the rest of the civilized population is done with it.”

Copenhaver added: “Side note: A big f*** you to Lindsey Graham and John McCain.”

Copenhaver got into an argument in December 2013 with another Facebook user who told her, “I stand with Israel.”

“Then go over there to Israel and fight,” replied Copenhaver. “You don’t get to use the lives of other people because of your irrational allegiance to them.”

She also weighed in on the Malaysian airline plane shot down by Russian separatists last year, writing that McCain wanted to use it as a pretext for war because he “will use anything to satisfy his blood lust.”

“Even *if* this Malaysian Airliner was shot down in the eastern part of Ukraine and there were Americans on board, that’s NOT an act of war on the US. Senator McCain said there would be ‘hell to pay’ if the plane was shot down by the Russian military or separatists,” wrote Copenhaver. “He will use anything to satisfy his blood lust. The key words here are ‘Ukraine’ and ‘Malaysian.’”

She also expressed strong support for NSA leaker Edward Snowden last January.

“Edward Snowden deserves a Nobel Peace Prize NOT President Obama,” wrote Copenhaver.

The blogger went on to defend Vladimir Putin’s refusal to extradite Snowden to the United States, calling America a “bully.”

“This is what happens when the American government runs around acting like it can control other countries, it’s own citizens, and keeping it’s nose in everyone’s business,” she wrote. “No one wants to play nice with the bully.”

Last March, Copenhaver criticized Sen. Paul’s public call for Russian sanctions after the Crimea invasion. But she also agreed with another Facebook user who wrote that Paul was just “play[ing] the game” and did not genuinely support these sanctions.

“I know and I understand that,” wrote Copenhaver. “It just always hurts to hear him say these things when he knows damn well they’re wrong.”

In addition to blogging and Facebook commentary, Copenhaver also co-hosted a short-lived YouTube show called “Beauty & the Bow Tie” with Jeffrey Tucker, a libertarian pundit who has been accused of writing some of the racist portions of Ron Paul’s infamous newsletters.

Paul’s team said Copenhaver was hired to do part-time social media and graphic design work for the senator’s political action committee, RandPAC, and had no involvement in policy or writing. She traveled with Paul and his staff to Las Vegas last week to test out social media ideas from the road.

Copenhaver did not immediately respond to request for comment.

Alana Goodman   Email | Full Bio | RSS
Alana Goodman is a staff writer for the Washington Free Beacon. Prior to joining the Beacon, she was assistant online editor at Commentary. She has written for the Weekly Standard, the New York Post and the Washington Examiner. Goodman graduated from the University of Massachusetts in 2010, and lives in Washington, D.C. Her Twitter handle is @alanagoodman. Her email address is goodman@freebeacon.com.

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