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Sen. Paul: 'I Fear That There's Going to be an Assassination'

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | October 11, 2018 | 1:24 PM EDT

Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.)
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While discussing the two violent attacks against him and the ever-escalating calls by some Democrats to physically confront and harass Republicans and conservatives, Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said he fears there is "going to be an assassination," that "someone is going to be killed."

This week, former Attorney General Eric Holder dismissed the slogan, "when they go low, we go high," and said, "No, no. When they go low, we kick 'em." Also, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said this week, "You cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for." Other liberals, including members of Congress, have called on activists to chase Trump administration officials from restaurants, to "get in their face," and protest outside their homes.

Discussing this topic on Oct. 9, talk radio host LeLand Conway asked Senator Paul, “You have faced a lot of this anger from the left, too, yourself, personally – not in the form of accusations so much but you’ve been attacked. You were at the baseball field when  the shooting took place. I talked to your wife just yesterday about the op-ed she wrote, asking some of the cooler heads in the Democratic Party, Corry Booker in particular, to call on his party to stop this, to stop fomenting this rabid reaction where, you know, you’ve been chased around airports."

Conway continued, "Senator McConnell, who was just on with us, was chased from restaurants. Senator Cruz was chased out of a restaurant. And people who aren’t even elected officials, like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, are chased out of restaurants. We’ve got members of the Democratic Party calling for more of that and asking people to stay in that mode. This is dangerous.”

Senator Paul responded, “I think what people need to realize is that when people like Cory Booker say ‘get up in their face,’ he may think that that’s okay, but what he doesn’t realize is that for about every 1,000 persons that might want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence."

"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 were shot -- and Steve Scalise was almost killed, he was yelling, 'This is for health care,'" said Sen. Paul. 

Former Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder.  (Getty Images)

“He had a list in his pocket of conservative Republicans that he wanted to kill," said the senator. "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."

"We have to somehow ratchet it down and say we’re not encouraging that violence is ever okay, ever a reason or a means to resolve things," he said. 

"I fear that there's going to be an assassination," said Sen. Paul. 

"I really worry that someone is going to be killed," he said, "and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation, those who are ratcheting up saying ‘get in their face,’  they have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.”


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Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman