Republican Senator of Kentucky Rand Paul spoke out against Democrats who have urged supporters to act violently and rise up against the GOP, begging them to calm down before someone dies.
Senator Paul is definitely someone who can talk about the growing violence problem in our country, as he was the subject of two attacks in the past two years. His neighbor attacked him, breaking six ribs and bruising his lungs. He had difficulty breathing for months after the vicious attack. Paul was at a GOP baseball practice when a pro-Bernie Sanders gunman began to open fire as well. While he was not hurt during the gunfire, Republican Steve Scalise was shot, almost losing his life.
Senator Paul had a message for those calling for a “Civil War” among Americans, such as Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Cory Booker.
Fox News reports that Senator Paul explained while on a Kentucky radio show, “I fear that there’s going to be an assassination. 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.”
The Kentucky Senator made the comments not long after Clinton publicly stated that Democrats “cannot be civil” with Trump supporters anymore.
Senator Paul’s wife, Kelley Paul, stated during a Breitbart News interview that was conducted on Friday that she sleeps with a “loaded gun by my bed.” She stated that they have also added to their home security system, adding on “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.
Paul explained that the GOP baseball practice shooter came after them based on political differences stemming from healthcare issues:
“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 said to the show’s host Leland Conway this past 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.”