Rand Paul's Festivus 'grievances' include comparing Lindsey Graham to Senator Palpatine

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) on Sunday marked Festivus by airing grievances and cracking jokes about several political figures, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTeachers union launches 0K ad buy calling for education funding in relief bill FDA head pledges 'we will not cut corners' on coronavirus vaccine Let our values drive COVID-19 liability protection MORE and GOP Sens. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamSeveral GOP lawmakers express concern over Trump executive orders Graham says he appreciates Trump orders, but 'would much prefer a congressional agreement' Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (S.C.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSens. Markey, Cruz clash over coronavirus relief: 'It's not a goddamn joke Ted' China sanctioning Rubio, Cruz in retaliatory move over Hong Kong The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Negotiators signal relief bill stuck, not dead MORE (Texas).

"You’ll be surprised to learn I have some grievances with people in Washington, fellow members and others. It’s time to talk about them now, because it’s the holiday season," Paul tweeted on Sunday as part of a long Twitter thread about a variety of lawmakers. 

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Festivus is a made-up holiday that served as the theme of a “Seinfeld” episode. It involves voicing grievances about those who have disappointed over the year. Paul marked the holiday in 2017 by airing grievances about figures such as former Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.). 

He began his Festivus grievances by mocking President Trump for his problem of "keeping staff around him."

"But they solved the problem. I went to the White House the other day and there were at least 14 ppl in Mick Mulvaney masks," Paul tweeted, referencing the new acting White House chief of staff who is also the director of the Office of Management and Budget.

"Mick is a good friend of mine, in fact a lot of people probably don’t remember he was the national co-chair for my Presidential campaign. Uh oh, probably just got him fired," he continued, with an image of Trump's signature line on the TV show "The Apprentice": "You're fired!"

Paul goes on to give White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerFederal government pauses Kodak loan pending probes Beirut blast raises urgent questions about America's leadership in the world Lincoln Project ad dubs Jared Kushner the 'Secretary of Failure' MORE credit for his efforts in passing a criminal justice reform bill, joking that before he got to know him, he "was a bit suspicious he was the kid from the Omen movie all grown up."

He later mocks Cruz for the beard he grew recently, while discussing Congress's decision "to shut down the government because they aren’t spending enough money.

"I got suspicious when Ted Cruz came back from Thanksgiving break with that beard."

He then mocks Graham for his opposition to Trump's decision to pull U.S. troops from Syria. 

"My friend Lindsay Graham is a bit mad right now," he tweeted. "You see, he’s never seen a war end before. He’s going to have to console himself with the fact that we still are in about 8 more."

"I have to tell you; I haven’t seen a Senator who loves war this much since the Star Wars Prequels," he added, with a picture of the character Senator Palpatine.

He concludes the thread by noting a positive occurrence this month, in noting how he and Sen. Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSenators ask for removal of tariffs on EU food, wine, spirits: report Senate Democrats demand answers on migrant child trafficking during pandemic Senate Democrats push to include free phone calls for incarcerated people in next relief package MORE (D-N.J.) helped pass bills including hemp legalization in the farm bill and criminal justice reforms.

"All kidding aside, they were important, bipartisan reforms that show how Washington CAN work if people from both sides of the aisle get together on things that make sense," he said. "So everyone enjoy your feats of strength today. Air your grievances here or in your home."