Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said Friday that he and his wife would have been violently assaulted or killed by the “crazed mob” outside the White House Thursday night had the police not intervened, and called on the FBI to investigate potential out-of-state crimes because he believes the anarchists were paid by shadowy organizers to harass Trump’s supporters.
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 28, 2020
Masked agitators harassed, threatened and assaulted multiple Trump supporters as they exited the White House grounds.
“You’re trapped now!”
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 28, 2020
Hitler used violent gangs and street thugs called the “Sturmabteilung”, meaning ‘assault division’, to intimidate, harass and violently assault his political opposition.
The Democratic Party is now doing the same.pic.twitter.com/nwTYnV0Ttr
— Mike Coudrey (@MichaelCoudrey) August 28, 2020
A bus carrying Republican convention attendees back to their hotel was also set upon by the mob.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 28, 2020
Paul appeared on Fox and Friends Thursday morning to describe the harrowing ordeal that he, his wife, and two female friends experienced upon exiting the White House following President Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention.
“I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” he told host Steve Doocy.
In 2017, Paul suffered six broken ribs, including three displaced fractures, and an injured lung after his crazed leftist neighbor attacked him. The beating also caused fluid and blood around his lungs, and pneumonia. In August of 2019, part of his damaged lung had to be surgically removed.
Paul said that he suspected that at least some of the agitators were from out of town, and were paid to “incite a riot.”
“I think we’re going to find out that these people are hired and from out of town specifically in our case. I believe there are people who are going to be involved in the attack on us who were actually paid to come here, are not from Washington D.C., and are sort of paid to be anarchists,” Paul said. “This is disturbing because really, if you’re inciting a riot that’s a crime, but if you’re paying someone to incite a riot that person needs to go to jail as well.”
“It was horrific,” the Republican senator told Doocy, explaining that it was impossible to get to his hotel across the street because it was being blocked by the unhinged mob of agitators.
Paul said the Secret Service instructed his group to get on a bus and head to the Trump Hotel, and said that it took 45 minutes to get through all the mobs. Once there, he said they got an Uber to drop them off at their hotel, but because the streets were blocked, they could only get within two blocks of their hotel.
“I regret that I made this decision, but I said ‘we’re going to walk the two blocks,'” Paul recounted. He said they were able to walk one block before they saw police in the distance but also a mob of about 30 rioters “marching and yelling.”
Paul said they spotted him just as they were reaching the policemen, “fortunately or I don’t think we would have survived.”
The Kentucky Republican said the police didn’t seem to know who he was, but the agitators did, and when they started screaming his name, the mob “doubled to 60 and then it doubled again to 120.”
Paul explained that as the mob closed in, the police formed a barricade around his group with their bodies.
“I whispered to the policeman, ‘they know who I am. You’ve got to get reinforcements—it’s going to get worse,” he said. He said they stayed in place waiting for reinforcements, but they never came, meanwhile the mob was getting louder and more aggressive.
“They were yelling threats, they were trying to push the police over to get to me, they were grabbing at us, and it got worse and worse and worse,” Paul recounted.
At this point, he said, they had no choice but to try to walk the block through the mob to his hotel.
“They were shouting threats to us, to kill us, to hurt us, but also … shouting ‘say her name,’ Breonna Taylor,” Paul noted. “And it’s like you couldn’t reason with this mob, but I’m actually the author of the Breonna Taylor law to end no-knock raids, so the irony is lost on these idiots that they’re trying to kill the person who’s actually trying to get rid of no-knock raids.”
Paul pointed out that he’s authored 22 criminal justice reforms with President Trump and former President Obama, but the demonstrators were still yelling: “We’re not going to let you go alive unless you’ll say you’re for criminal justice reform.”
Paul told Doocy that he was well aware of danger his group was in.
“You’ve seen the pictures of what they do to you. If the police are not there, if you defund the police, if we become Portland—if America becomes Portland, what’s going to happen is people are going to be pummeled and kicked in the head and left senseless on the curb,” Paul maintained. “That would have happened to us I promise you had we not had the D.C. Police to support us. We are thankful that we have police but we’ve got to wake up,” he added. We can’t walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That’s how bad it is.”
The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway tweeted Thursday morning that other victims of the left-wing mob were incensed at Mayor Bowser for enabling the attacks.
At Dulles, ran into several people who were attacked by leftist mobs outside White House. They were extremely upset that DC’s Democrat @MayorBowser has enabled these attacks on her political opponents and refused to preserve the peace.
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) August 28, 2020
Earlier this summer, Bowser, it should be noted, refused to allow the National Guard to come into D.C. to restore order and had city workers paint “Black Lives Matter” in giant yellow letters down a street near the White House.
Paul argued that the reason Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris were late to condemn the rioters is because those people are their voters.
“This is the new Democrat party and if we don’t resist this, the United States is going to become Portland,” the senator declared.
“They were inciting a riot and they would have killed us had the police not been there,” the senator added.
Paul stressed repeatedly that the police were the only thing that prevented them from being swallowed up by the violent mob.
“Thank God for the police. Had we not gotten to the police … I truly believe that the police saved our lives and we would not be here today or we’d be in a hospital today had the police not been there,” he said, adding that some of the agitators even followed them into the hotel.
Following their ordeal, Paul took to Twitter to thank the Washington D.C. Police Department for coming to their rescue.
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
The senator’s wife, Kelley Ashley Paul also thanked the cops for coming to their aid.
Rand and I are grateful to the @DCPoliceDept for their protection last night. Being swarmed by a threatening, screaming mob is violence.
— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) August 28, 2020
Paul said because of the ongoing left-wing demonstrations, Republicans are not safe to walk the streets in Washington D.C., and called on the FBI to make arrests to investigate potential interstate crimes.
“My feeling is that there’s interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines, but you won’t know it unless you arrest them,” he said. “I promise you that at least some of the members of the people who attacked us were not from D.C., they flew here on a plane, they’ve all got fresh new clothes, and they were paid to be here.”
Paul stressed that the organizers of the mahem had to be investigated to get to the bottom of it.
“It is a crime to do that and it needs to be traced. The FBI needs to investigate,” he said, adding that “they were inciting a riot and they would have killed us had the police not been there.
“Something’s going on here and it’s much bigger than people think,” Paul said.