Rand Paul Says Police Saved His Life From People Yelling
Rand Paul credits the D.C. Park Police for saving his life — after protestors yelled at him as he left the White House after the Republican National Convention even Thursday night. He says he was “attacked by an angry mob.” Others, who’ve seen the video, say that he was being addressed by constituents with a complaint.
Rand Paul tweeted after the RNC that he had just been “attacked” and that the D.C. Park Police had saved his life.
Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
Video of the event he’s describing shows protestors yelling at him, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor. The clip below from CBS shows that police surrounded Paul, escorting him to his hotel, while protestors follow, trying to get the Senator to acknowledge them.
WATCH: Protesters confronted Kentucky Senator Rand Paul after attending the RNC at the White House, shouting at the lawmaker to acknowledge the shooting of Breonna Taylor https://t.co/JmxvZJy29u pic.twitter.com/tTONwewPcR
— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 28, 2020
Speaking on Fox News, Paul offered a number of claims. He claimed that the protestors were threatening and calling for him to be killed. He admitted that there was a call for him to say Breonna Taylor’s name, suggesting this was bizarre, since he authored a bill to end no-knock raids. However, detractors point out, he’s also fought against bills that would seek justice for extrajudicial killings. Paul says that he told police they’d have to get backup, or they’d never get him to the hotel safely, but then says that they proceeded to the hotel without said backup.
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 28, 2020
Perhaps most oddly, Rand Paul asserts exactly what the Trump campaign has been saying about these protests: that the protests happening under the Trump administration are evidence that there would be chaos under the Biden administration, suggesting that only Donald Trump can put an end to the protests that are actually going on currently while he is still in office.
A lot of people didn’t take Paul’s claim that this was an “attack” well, responding to tell him that people are allowed to confront politicians to call for change.
I just watched the whole video.
That is called a protest.
Yeah you got yelled at and you should. Anytime you go out in public, you should be shamed for who you are and what you represent.
I’m ashamed to call you a fellow American.
— YS (@NYinLA2121) August 28, 2020
There is video of the incident and nobody laid a finger on Rand. These guys think it should be illegal to yell at them. https://t.co/5DFHRq2Oze
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 28, 2020
Emmitt Till was “attacked”. You got yelled at. A reminder of one reason why. https://t.co/HwHrrZY3iG
— Gee.Frank (@Frank_N_Meems) August 28, 2020
Where was this “attack?” pic.twitter.com/zqHaQe8tO0
— Justin Satzman (@jsatz23) August 28, 2020
As the New York Times reported earlier this year, and as is mentioned above, the Emmet Till Antilynching Act, which would officially recognize the U.S. history of extrajudicial killing of Black people and make it a hate crime, has been held up repeatedly by Rand Paul’s objections. He has argued that it would lead to excessive sentencing for minor offenses.