“When you have Rand Paul actually comparing Snowden to Martin Luther King or Henry David Thoreau, this is madness,” King said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “This is the anti-war, left-wing Democrats of the 1960s that nominated George McGovern and destroyed their party for almost 20 years. I don’t want that happening to our party.”
Paul, in an interview on Fox News in June, compared the jail sentences served by the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Thoreau for civil disobedience to the potentially long prison term Snowden could face.
“I tend to agree with his position on deciding when you decide to become a civil disobedient,” Paul told Fox on June 17. “You know, we had famous ones in our career. Some of them only had to serve, like Thoreau served only one day in jail. Martin Luther King served 30 days in jail. (Snowden) may be looking at life in prison. So, there’s a question.”