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.

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Rand Paul tweeted after the RNC that he had just been “attacked” and that the D.C. Park Police had saved his life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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