WASHINGTON — Sen. Rand Paul mentioned early Friday morning that he used to be “attacked” by means of protesters close to the White Area after President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech for the Republican Nationwide Conference.
“Simply were given attacked by means of an offended mob of over 100, one block clear of the White Area,” the Kentucky Republican tweeted. “Thanks to @DCPoliceDept for actually saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, retweeted his colleague’s publish, announcing, “Horrific. Our prayers are with you, my good friend. @RandPaul This insanity has to prevent.”
A number of hours later, in an interview on Fox Information’ “Fox and Buddies,” Paul mentioned that he and his spouse couldn’t make it to their lodge on account of the “mob,” which he mentioned doubled to about 120 individuals who had been “surrounding us, and it were given nearer and nearer, and everyone stored pushing again” because the police shaped right into a barricade to give protection to the senator and his celebration.
“They had been shouting threats to us, to kill us, to harm us, but additionally threats shouting ‘say her identify,’” regarding Breonna Taylor, mentioned Paul, who added that he has proposed regulation to finish no-knock warrants. Taylor used to be fatally shot in March by means of Louisville police who had been executing one of these warrant.
“I actually consider this with each fiber of my being: Had they gotten at us, they might have got us to the bottom,” he mentioned. “We would possibly now not were killed, would possibly simply were injured by means of being kicked within the head, or kicked within the abdomen till we had been mindless. You will have observed the photographs.”
Paul then time and again mentioned he believes the individuals who faced him had been “employed and from out of the city.”
“In particular in our case, I consider they will be people who find themselves concerned with the assault on us that in truth had been paid to return right here, don’t seem to be from Washington, D.C., and are type of paid to be anarchists,” he mentioned. “That is the brand new Democrat Birthday celebration, and if we do not withstand this, america goes to change into Portland. We are going to change into Chicago … all of those failed towns Democrats have run.”
Video clips of the placement that circulated on Twitter didn’t display someone bodily attacking Paul himself, however protesters surrounding and confronting him, with some shoving police because the officials introduced him and his spouse coverage.