Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is no stranger to violence against Republicans and shared his worries about the reluctance of Democrats to condemn harassment of senators during a recent interview.
During a radio interview on Tuesday, Paul called out politicians that refuse to speak out against violent protests and harassment.
“I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation,” said Paul. “They have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.”
Paul witnessed his colleague Representative Steve Scalise (R-La.) shot and almost killed during a baseball practice in 2017. He has also been the target of violence, prompting Paul’s wife to write an op-ed warning Democratic senators of the potential consequences of not speaking out.
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“These are people that are unstable. We don’t want to encourage them,” Paul said in the interview. “We have to somehow ratchet it down and say we’re not encouraging them that violence is ever OK.”
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Paul addressed their statements, explaining that some protesters may resort to violence.
“I think what people need to realize, that when people like Cory Booker say, ‘Get up in their face,’ he may think that that’s OK,” Paul said. “But what he doesn’t realize is that for about every 1,000th person that might want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence.”