We have to make sure this story from over the weekend doesn’t get buried. Senator Rand Paul was assaulted by his neighbor. It was originally reported as a minor thing, but the attack and injuries were both apparently worse than the Senator originally led on.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) sustained five fractured ribs after he was assaulted by a neighbor at his Bowling Green home on Friday, a top adviser said Sunday — and it’s unclear when the senator will be able to return to Washington for work.
“Senator Paul has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures,” his chief political strategist, Doug Stafford, said in a statement Sunday. “This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force. It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying.”
The attacker’s name is Rene Boucher. Some media outlets are claiming that there’s no evidence of this being a politically motivated attack… while sharing evidence that this probably was a politically motivated attack. It wouldn’t be the first (see WATCH: Trump Supporters Boycott Oscars. Get Violently Assaulted by Crazed Leftist and #HuntRepublicans: Democrat Strategist Advocates Violence Against Conservatives).
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A Facebook page that appeared to be Boucher’s included links to articles and memes critical of President Trump and a news article about a Montana Republican congressional candidate who attacked a reporter the day before winning his seat. The page said Boucher is a former Army pain-management specialist and graduated from the College of Osteopathic Medicine in Des Moines in 1984.
By late Saturday, the page had been overrun by other Facebook users criticizing Boucher for the alleged assault. On Sunday, the page appeared to be blocked from public view. Jim Bullington, a former member of the city commission, knows both men. He said Sunday that Boucher is divorced and lives alone. Bullington described Boucher as a socialist.
“He’s pretty much the opposite of Rand Paul in every way,” Bullington said in an interview.
The neighbors had been known to have “heated discussions” about health care, Bullington said, adding that Boucher is an advocate of a national health system.
To summarize, a United States Senator was ASSAULTED AT HIS HOME by a neighbor in what appears to be a politically motivated attack. So let’s play a game. Swap out Rand Paul for Cory Booker, and put a MAGA hat on the attacker.
Now let me know how much around-the-clock coverage the story is getting, even with the tragedy in San Antonio.