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Kentucky Senator Rand Paul just put out a statement on Twitter regarding the mob who accosted the Senator and his wife following President Trump’s nomination acceptance speech on the south lawn of the White House during the Republican National Convention.
The DC U.S. Attorney today confirmed to me that they will not pursue an investigation of who is funding the thugs who attacked my wife and me and sent a DC police officer to the hospital. https://t.co/abpESDJ4nx
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) November 23, 2020
According to Senator Paul’s statement, the D.C. Attorney General will not be pursuing an investigation into the financial backing of the mob, which Senator Paul had specificallly called for.
Need a refresher on the series of events?
Senator Rand Paul and his wife were exiting the grounds of the White House following the President’s nomination acceptance speech and found themselves face to face with an unruly mob. The angry mob surrounded the couple and followed them to their hotel yelling threats, hurling obscenities, shoving, and grabbing at the couple.
Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 28, 2020
The media headlines made it seem like a nice group walking along with the Senator and his wife, publishing headlines like “Amid Peaceful Protests, Crowd Surrounds Rand Paul After Trump Speech.” Luckily for America, there was video evidence showing a mob aggressive enough that they sent one police officer to the hospital for stitches.
“They’re attempting to push the police over to get to me, so at one point they push a policeman backwards, he stumbles and he’s trying to catch his balance and I catch the back of his flak jacket to stabilize him to make sure he’s OK because he’s our defense. If he’s down, the mob’s loose on us.”
Describing what he still considers to be an attack, the Senator told Fox News of such threats as:
“We’re not going to let you go alive unless you’ll say you’re for criminal justice reform.”
Sound like NPR’s version of a crowd amid peaceful protests? Didn’t seem that way to Senator Paul and his wife.
“I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless.”
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“They were shouting threats to us, to kill us, to hurt us.”
Senator Paul explained his theory behind the organized mob, saying,
“I believe there are going to be people who are involved with the attack on us that actually were paid to come here, are not from Washington, D.C., and are sort of paid to be anarchists. This is disturbing because really, if you’re inciting a riot that’s a crime, but if you’re paying someone to incite a riot that person needs to go to jail as well.”
To Fox’s Jeanine Pirro, the Senator said,
“It really is a federal crime to incite riot and to fly people around to instigate violence. And I think that’s what’s happening. And yes, we’ve got to get to the bottom of this one person at a time, and once we have suspicion or probable cause, we need to ask a judge for a warrant and they need to look at their financial records and see — for this.”
“We do need to get to the bottom of this because there’s one or two possibilities, it could be nefarious rich individuals who want to foment violence in our cities, or it could be less sinister but still equally as bad.
Black Lives Matter is out there collecting corporation money from corporations who want to show the public that they’re not racist. But these corporations need to know if that money is going to Black Lives Matter and if Black Lives Matter is giving it to hooligans to cause and create havoc in cities.
Someone has to trace the money. I don’t know the answer yet. But I certainly think we need to know.”