Rand Paul Worried Political Rhetoric May Result in Assassinations
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY), warned Tuesday that he’s worried a politician could be assassinated because of the divisive political atmosphere hanging over Washington, DC.
“I feel that there is going to be an assassination. I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence,” Senator Paul said during an interview.
Senator Paul was one of several Republican lawmakers who came under attack by a gunman on an Alexandria, Virginia baseball field in June 2017. He was able to escape without injury, but 4 people were shot and wounded including Rep. Steve Scalise, (R-LA), the House Whip,, who nearly died. Police shot and killed the gunman.
In November 2017, Senators Paul’s neighbor attacked him in his yard, which left the Senator with 6 broken ribs.
This year, several Democrats such as Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ)have called on Americans to confront in public politicians with whom they disagree.
“I think what people need to realize is when people like Cory Booker say, ‘get up in their face,’ he may think that that’s OK,” Senator Paul said. “But what he does not realize is that for about every 1,000 persons who might want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence.”
Senator Paul said the baseball field gunman “had a list in his pocket of conservative Republicans that he wanted to kill.”
Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Paul, hammered Senator Booker, recently for urging his supporters to “get up in the face of some congresspeople” instead of keeping quiet about issues they care about.
In an op-ed for CNN, Mrs. Paul wrote that comments like Senator Booker’s are dangerous, and noted that her husband was attacked on his lawn by a neighbor. She also wrote that she and her family have received numerous threats.
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