Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) called for Democrats to tone down their violent anti-GOP and anti-Trump rhetoric before someone is assassinated.
Paul was the subject of two attacks in the last two years. He was brutally attacked by his neighbor who broke six of his ribs, bruised his lungs and caused him trouble breathing for months. He was also at the field when a Bernie Bro opened fire on GOP lawmakers at their baseball practice. Several people were wounded including Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA) who was critically injured and almost died. Paul was not hurt in that incident.
And Paul had a few things to say to the people spreading violent rhetoric like Hillary Clinton and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ).
From Fox News:
“I fear that there’s going to be an assassination,” Paul told a Kentucky radio show. “I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.”
Paul’s comments came the same day former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton declared that Democrats “cannot be civil” with Republicans any longer.
Paul’s wife, Kelley, revealed in a Breitbart News interview on Friday that she sleeps with a “loaded gun by my bed,” has updated her home’s security system and has “deadbolts all around my house.” Kelley also wrote an op-ed published by CNN in which she called on Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., to tone down his rhetoric; in June, Booker suggested his supporters “get up in the face of congresspeople.”
The Kentucky senator reiterated his wife’s criticism on Tuesday. “When people like Cory Booker say get up in their face … What he doesn’t realize is that for every 1,000 persons who want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence,” Paul said.
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As Paul noted, the GOP baseball shooter was specifically targeting them because of politics, because of beliefs stoked by Democrats and the media that the GOP wanted to kill people and take away their healthcare.
“When I was at the ballfield and Steve Scalise was nearly killed, the guy shooting up the ballfield, and shooting I think five or six people, he was yelling, ‘This is for health care,'” Paul told host Leland Conway on Tuesday. “When I was attacked in my yard and had six of my ribs broken, and pneumonia, lung contusion, all that — these are people that are unstable, we don’t want to encourage them.”
Activists have chased lawmakers down and harassed them over the Kavanaugh vote including Paul as he came through Reagan National Airport.
People have also threatened lawmakers including Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO) and called in threats to lawmakers personal phones.
Justice Brett Kavanaugh and his family have also faced death threats and were being protected by U.S. Marshals.
A teacher who works with children in special education in Minnesota resigned after she asked people on Twitter “so whose (sic) going to take one for the team and kill Kavanaugh?”