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Rand Paul Suggests 'Someone Is Going to Be Killed' Because of Current Political Climate
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10 Oct 2018 05:28 PM EST

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Rand Paul (Image source: Gage Skidmore via Wikimedia Commons)

 

There's a growing discord between the two major political parties in the U.S. It was certainly in place in 2016, and Donald Trump taking office has not changed anything and only highlighted those differences even more. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has noticed, and he thinks in this current political climate "someone is going to be killed."

 

The 55-year-old senator is the son of former Rep. Ron Paul (Republican/Libertarian-TX). The younger Paul first took office in 2001. He was a practicing ophthalmologist back in Kentucky until running for office. He ran for president in 2016 but dropped out of the race early on in the primaries after coming in fifth place in the Iowa caucuses. 

His statement about the current political climate refers to the additional level of differences that was reached during Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation to the Supreme Court. Thousands of protesters, many of them women, have flocked the capital, demanding to be heard. The senator believes it all might lead to violence unless politicians step up to get everyone to calm down a little bit.

 

"I fear that there's going to be an assassination," said Paul in a radio station interview. "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." 

He's pointing a finger directly at Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ). He told his supporters to talk to politicians about their needs.

 

Paul's wife, Kelley, opened up recently and wrote in an op-ed about the constant threats she and husband put up with. 

"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," Sen. Paul stated.

 

And Paul has reason to worry. Last year he was attacked by a neighbor and suffered broken ribs. Also last year a shooter broke up a congressional baseball practice, with five people being shot. 

"When I was at the ball field, and Steve Scalise was nearly killed, the guy shooting up the ball field, and shooting I think five or six people, he was yelling, 'This is for health care,' " explained Paul.

 

"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." 

There have been differing stories about the scuffle between Paul and his neighbor. Some have said it was just differences between neighbors, but Paul and other conservatives believe it was over politics, including his neighbor's disdain for Donald Trump.

 

The neighbor, Rene Boucher, was convicted of assaulting a member of Congress and was sentenced to thirty days in prison and a year of supervised release, with the judge believing it was not a politically motivated attack. 

Even still, it makes it understandable for Paul to be a little gun-shy now with such heavy discourse like there is right now in politics. And it only stands to get worse.

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