“The doctors, nurses, [and] staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great.”
“I should be able to return to the Senate in September,” said Paul.
Unfortunately, I will have to limit my August activities. Part of my lung damaged by the 2017 assault had to be removed by surgery this weekend. The doctors, nurses, & staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 5, 2019
The 59-year-old Rene Boucher tackled Paul from behind at his home in Bowling Green, Kentucky — leaving the senator with six broken ribs, pleural effusion, and, consequently, pneumonia.
Paul told police that his neighbor “came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain.”
It was by any measure a vicious attack — one that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) openly mocked just a week ago.
Boucher claimed that Paul blew leaves onto his property while mowing the lawn.
Boucher pleaded guilty to assaulting a member of Congress, which caused personal injury. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison. And he had to pay the senator over $580,000 in damages and medical expenses.
It was by any measure a vicious attack — which Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) openly mocked just a week ago.
On July 29, actor and outspoken liberal Tom Arnold tweeted, “Imagine being Rand Paul’s next-door neighbor and having to deal with [Rand Paul] lying cowardly circular whiney bullcrap about lawn clippings. No wonder he ripped his toupee off.”
And Omar retweeted it.
Some took notice.
I hope every Democrat and Republican in Congress, as well as members of the media have the courage to call this out.
Calls for political violence should never be tolerated, regardless of Party. pic.twitter.com/AQcz5gqLI6
— Andrew Surabian (@Surabees) July 29, 2019
Before Omar’s retweet, Paul had criticized her negative attitude toward America.
“I’ve met people who have come here from behind the Iron Curtain. They got away from communism. They’re some of the best Americans we have because they really appreciate how great our country is,” Paul said in an interview. “Then I hear Representative Omar say America is a terrible place — well, she came here and we fed her, we clothed her, she got welfare, she got [schooling], she got health care, and then lo and behold, she has the honor of actually winning a seat in Congress.”
“And she said we’re a terrible country? I think that’s about as ungrateful as you can get,” Paul continued. “I’m willing to contribute to buy her a ticket to go visit Somalia and I think she can look and maybe learn a little bit about the disaster that is Somalia — that has no capitalism, has no God-given rights guaranteed in the Constitution, and has about seven different tribes that have been fighting each other for the last 40 years.”
“Maybe after she’s visited Somalia for a while, she might come back and appreciate America more,” Paul added.
Even if this outraged Omar, since when is it OK for a sitting member of Congress to wish violence upon another member of Congress?
Is this the same Ilhan Omar who once complained about death threats?
Why would she encourage or make light of Rand Paul being the victim of assault?
This piece originally appeared in The Political Insider and is used by permission.
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