(CNSNews.com) - Two years after a neighbor attacked him in the yard of his Kentucky home, Sen. Rand Paul is still dealing with the serious injury stemming from six broken ribs. Two weeks ago, he had surgery to remove part of a damaged lung.
In an interview Thursday morning with "Fox & Friends," Paul said he's trying to overcome the pain and get his breathing back to normal so he can put this all behind him.
But far from attracting sympathy, Paul said he's been surprised by the nastiness coming his way on social media:
"I guess one of the disturbing things, though, is to see that there is still so much hatred out there. We announced I was having surgery and thousands of people on Twitter are swarming to wish me, you know, that I had either died or that someone would assault me again. And it's like I'm perplexed that this is somehow supposed to be a right-wing phenomenon, but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob wishing that I were dead. And I'm like, who are these people?" Paul asked.
Paul's neighbor pleaded guilty to a federal assault charge, and he is now appealing his 30-day prison sentence.
According to press reports, the judge described the attack as a "dispute between neighbors" and an "isolated incident," not motivated by politics.
But Sen. Paul disagrees:
The man who attacked me is known on the Internet; his social media postings were violent. He talked about doing violence to the president. So yeah, that's completely ignored because the media wanted to develop a narrative. I mean, their whole narrative that it was an altercation or a fight -- there was no fight. I had my back turned and noise-cancellation headphones on, and I was attacked and six of my ribs broken before I saw my attacker.
In fact, I never saw the attacker until after the attack was over. And people want to make it out, oh it was just this little dispute, but a lot of that came from the other side trying to get a lesser sentence. You know, so they wanted to downplay what it was.
And in reality, I think violence is complicated. And there are many reasons why people attack you. You know, I was very severely injured. I'm still suffering from it two years later.
Paul said he thinks the trial should have been local, not federal, in which case the attacker might have received a longer sentence.
He said 30 days "is what you give a shoplifting person or a very, very minor crime. This judge was from out of state, and I think from the rumors around the courthouse, had pre-decided this before she got here.
During his two-year ordeal, Sen. Paul has written a new book, "The Case Against Socialism," which is due out in October.