Just days after one of his aides announced his resignation following the revelation he had expressed pro-Confederate views, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says he doesn't think anyone in Congress has a stronger belief in minority rights than he does.

“I’m not easily dissuaded, so it’s not something that makes me shrink away, it makes me come out even stronger to say that I don’t think there’s anyone in Congress who has a stronger belief in minority rights than I do,” Paul said in an interview with Yahoo News.