An angry mob in Washington on Friday surrounded Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and his wife as well as other lawmakers, including state Georgia Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who supports President Donald Trump.
Video footage showed Paul, who was brutally assaulted by his neighbor several years ago, protected from the crowd by police officers.
Paul and several women stood in place for at least 5 minutes until more officers arrived. Police began fending off the demonstrators so the small group could move. Demonstrators shouted at the senator, issuing threats and calling on him to say the name of Breonna Taylor, a woman shot by police officers. “White silence is violence!” they told Paul, who introduced the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act” last month.
After several minutes of walking, Paul and the women made it to a hotel.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul wrote in a tweet. He thanked Metropolitan Police Department officers “for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
“The threats were to f you up, to you know, to kill you. The threats were if they could get a hold of you—and I truly believe with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us, they would have gotten us to the ground,” Paul added during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” We might not have been killed. We might just have been injured by being kicked in the head or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless. Youve seen the pictures. Most of the networks will not show the pictures of this. This is happening in all of our cities. Its got to stop, and thank God for the police.”
Paul said “the irony is lost on these idiots, that theyre trying to kill the person who is trying to get rid of no-knock raids,” referring to the legislation he introduced.