Paul Fearful of Assassinations in Current Climate: 'I Really Worry That Somebody Is Going to Be Killed'

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October 10, 2018

Sen. Rand Paul (R., Ky.) said in an interview Tuesday that he's worried there will be an "assassination" following the contentious confirmation process for Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

Paul, who was the victim of a brutal assault by a neighbor last November that left him with six broken ribs and a lung contusion, told Kentucky radio station WHAS he fears somebody will be killed in the current political climate.

"I fear that there’s going to be an assassination," Paul said. "I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation, they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence."

Paul was also present on June 14, 2017, when a far-left gunman opened fire at a GOP baseball practice in Virginia and shot several people. House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R., La.) was badly wounded in the rampage and spent months in recovery.

"When I was at the ball field and Steve Scalise was nearly killed, the guy shooting up the ballfield, and shooting I think five or six people, he was yelling, ‘This is for health care,'" Paul said. "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."

Paul called out Sen. Cory Booker (D., N.J.) after he told supporters in July they needed to "get up in the face" of congressmen to voice their problems, Time magazine reported.

"When people like Cory Booker say get up in their face … What he doesn’t realize is that for every 1,000 persons who want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence," Paul said.

Paul's wife, Kelley, wrote an op-ed condemning Booker for his rhetoric, revealing they had been subjected to intimidation and numerous death threats.