Paul blames 'breakdown in the family structure' for Baltimore riots

Sen. Rand PaulRand PaulGOP rep: Trump has 'extra-constitutional' view of presidency The ignored question: What does the future Republican Party look like? Rand Paul skeptical about Romney as secretary of State MORE (R-Ky.) blamed the “breakdown in the family structure, the lack of fathers and the lack of moral code in our society” for the violent protests in Baltimore.

“There are a lot of root, cultural causes for why violence breaks out, but there is no excuse for it,” the GOP presidential candidate said Monday on the Laura Ingraham Show, according to audio provided by Media Matters. 

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“This isn’t just a racial thing. It goes across racial boundaries, but we do have problems in our country, and we see that we are close to the topping point," said Paul. 

The protests stemmed from the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died in police custody after suffering a severe spinal injury. Some protests after Gray’s funeral on Monday turned violent, as people started throwing objects at officers and lighting fires.   

Paul also questioned the leadership of Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake (D), who has faced some criticism about her handling of the situation.

“The mayor obviously could have been stronger with saying: ‘We are going to secure the city. We are not going to have thievery. We are not going to have thuggery,’ ” he said. “None of this excuses thuggery and thievery.” 

The interview was first reported on by Talking Points Memo

The mayor’s office told Reuters on Tuesday that 15 officers were injured, 15 buildings and 144 vehicles were set on fire, and almost 200 people were arrested.

“Its depressing; its sad; its scary,” Paul said. “I came through the train on Baltimore. I’m glad the train didn’t stop.”