On Sunday, Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Ky.) wife responded to a flashback video tweet recalling how one MSNBC host made light of a 2017 assault that blindsided her husband and left him with six broken ribs.
After a vicious attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) husband on Friday, Jason Howerton posted the flashback video in anticipation of left-wing media attempts to blame the attack on Paul Pelosi on right-wing rhetoric:
“I remember when @RandPaul was viciously attacked and an MSNBC anchor accidentally let her true feelings come out: ‘...the incident that left Senator Rand Paul with six broken ribs, this might be one of my favorite stories...’"
Kelley Paul replied:
“I do too, @kasie. I was caring for Rand as he struggled to breathe in terrible pain as you called his attack and injuries ‘one of my favorite stories’ on air. Yet you still have a job.”
On November 20, 2017, MSNBC Host Kasie Hunt did, indeed, call the attack on Sen. Paul one of her “favorite stories,” because the attack was, reported, prompted by a dispute over Paul’s lawn:
“New details today on the incident that left Senator Rand Paul with six broken ribs.
This might be one of my favorite stories, although, of course, we don't…I wanted, clearly Senator Paul is still struggling.
“Paul's neighbor, Rene Boucher, is accused of beating the senator and "GQ" reports that lawn care issues may well have been at the heart of the dispute.
“A neighbor told the magazine that Boucher pays about $150 a month for professional landscaping, while Paul maintains his yard himself - I guess that's the libertarian in him.
“The neighborhood also said that part of what bothered Boucher was the difference in grass length between his lawn and that of Senator Paul's and that Paul sprayed grass clippings onto his yard while mowing his own grass.
“There you have it, ladies and gentlemen: the reason for the first assault on a sitting U.S. senator in decades.”
Kelley Paul experienced a left-wing attack first-hand in August of 2020, when she and the senator were accosted by a violent mob of demonstrators as the two left the White House following the Republican National Convention.
Last Tuesday, Sen. Paul called for Iowa Democratic Senate nominee Mike Franken to be disqualified for his tweet last year mocking the 2017 attack on Paul – in which Franken proposed that Boucher had been “more than a little in the right” for attacking Paul. As The Hill reports:
“‘Wasn’t Rand’s neighbor more than a little in the right?’ Franken wrote on Jan. 21, 2021, in response to an appearance Paul made on Fox News the day before.
“Disgusting that Mike Franken would celebrate an assault (from behind) that resulted in 6 broken ribs, a damaged lung that had to be removed, and chronic pain,” Paul responded on Tuesday. “Advocacy for violence should disqualify Franken from holding ANY office.”