Rand Paul didn’t mince words today over Democrats whipping people on the left up and telling them to get into Republican’s faces.
Paul said that he is really concerned that there’s going to be an assassination or that someone is going to get killed and that Democrats will bear some responsibility for it.
Here’s the interview. Skip to 9:40 to hear Rand Paul address this issue:
THE HILL – Paul, during an interview with a Kentucky radio station, said he was concerned that there “is going to be an assassination,” after a few tense weeks around the Capitol because of the Supreme Court fight.
“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,” Paul said.
Paul recounted the June 2017 shooting at a practice session for the congressional baseball game, where a gunman shot five people, including House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). The Kentucky Republican also recalled how his neighbor assaulted him late last year.
“These are people that are unstable. We don’t want to encourage them,” he added. “We have to somehow ratchet it down and say we’re not encouraging them that violence is ever OK.”
Paul was asked on the radio show about Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who urged members of a group advocating for an end to homelessness to “get up in the face of some congresspeople and tell them about common sense solutions.”
“I think what people need to realize, that when people like [Sen.] Cory Booker say ‘get up in their face,’ he may think that that’s OK,” Paul added. “But what he doesn’t realize is that for about every thousandth person that might want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence.”
As you know, just today Hillary Clinton did her part in ratcheting people up saying “You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for,” arguing that civility can only return when Democrats win again.
Rand’s point is that while Hillary may not think she’s calling for violence, someone unstable out there may feel the need to take this to the next level because of the call to be uncivil and the next thing you know is you have Republicans getting shot at a ballpark in Washington DC. That was only LAST YEAR and yet Democrats continue calling for intimidation tactics, acting as though the very Republic is under threat. It’s the height of irresponsibility.