Rand Paul's been hanging out with a guy who literally threw a porn star off a roof

What "lessons" he could learn from trust-fund baby Dan Bilzerian are not entirely clear

By Scott Eric Kaufman
April 24, 2015 9:05PM (UTC)
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Rand Paul is coming under on Friday after broadcasting a Snapchat video of himself that included the "King of Instagram," Dan Bilzerian, playing what appears to be Liar's Poker with $100 bills, the Daily Caller's Kaitlan Collins reports.

Bilzerian, a trust-fund beneficiary who plays professional poker for a living, came to national attention last year after a porn star he literally threw off a roof during a Hustler photo shoot turned around and threatened to sue him.

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In the 11-second video, which included the caption "Lessons from Dan Bilzerian," the Republican candidate is seen holding a "hand" that consists of $100 bills; he and Bilzerian are rattling off their serial numbers. Paul may be attempting to curry favor with young voters by reaching out via Snapchat -- much like President Barack Obama did when he met with YouTube celebrities in January.

However, Paul's decision to associate with this particular internet celebrity seems to demonstrate a severe lapse in judgment, as Bilzerian's seal of approval is unlikely to sit well with the socially conservative segment of the Republican base.

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Watch the entire video below, via Kaitlan Collins, on YouTube:


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