In politics, knowing when to run away from a fight is just as important as knowing when to start one. In the case of Sen. Rand Paul (R- Ky.), the sense of when it’s a good idea to get the hell of out Dodge apparently also extends to having polite conversations with people your party has spent decades demonizing.

A video posted to YouTube earlier this week shows Paul at a fundraiser in Okoboji, Iowa, for firebrand GOP Rep. Steve King (R - Iowa). In the approximately 7-minute clip, Paul and King are approached by Erika Andiola and Cesar Vargas, a pair of undocumented immigrant activists who have come to confront King for his vocal opposition to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. DACA is an initiative by the Obama Administration to allow young people living in the United States illegally to gain temporary legal residency under certain conditions like not having been convicted of a felony and having graduated from high school.

‟I have a quick question,” Andiola said to King. ‟I’m actually a DREAMer myself. [The DREAM Act was eventually renamed DACA]. I’m originally from Mexico, but I was raised here. I graduated from Arizona State University.”

All of this was just the preamble to Andiola’s question, but she wasn’t even able to get it all out before Paul decided to immediately get up from the table where he was chowing down on a burger and beat a hasty retreat. Paul wanted to get out of there so fast, it looks like he runs away mid-chew.

In Paul’s defense, there’s virtually no way that a direct face-to-face conversation between King and an intelligent, informed, passionate undocumented immigrant activist could end in a way that didn’t end up portraying the controversial Iowa representative as condescending and maybe at least a little bit racist.

And it was.

Let’s go to the tape: