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


Scott Eric Kaufman
April 24, 2015 9:05PM (UTC)

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.

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


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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