Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said a mob of over 100 protesters attacked and threatened him and his wife as they walked from the White House after hearing President Donald Trump accept his party’s nomination for re-election.
Paul tweeted about the incident, thanking D.C. police for “literally saving” their lives amid threats to hurt or hill them.
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 attempted attack was caught on video and showed the police leading Paul and his wife through an angry crowd, telling people to “move back” as they chanted at the couple to “say her name,” referring to Brianna Taylor who was killed by police after they stormed into her house unexpectedly with a “no knock” warrant.
No one hurt by mob
Paul told Steve Doocy during a Fox&Friends interview Friday morning that no one was hurt during the incident, but that if the police had not been there, the crowd could easily have hurt or killed them.
“They were yelling threats, they were trying to push the police over to get to me, they were grabbing at us,” Paul said, adding in answer to a question by Doocy that individuals in the mob threatened to “eff” them up and said, “We’ll kill you.”
“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, we might just have been injured by being kicked in the head or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” Paul explained.
Paul said they were trying to get to their hotel across the street from the White House after Trump’s speech, but protesters blocked the hotel entrance so that they couldn’t get to it. Secret Service sent them onto a bus to get them away from the protesters, and even after 45 minutes they couldn’t get back to their hotel.
Paul introduced legislation to ban no-knock warrants
Paul told Doocy that the attack on him was ironic because he had recently introduced legislation to ban no-knock warrants like the one that led to Taylor’s death.
The Justice for Brianna Taylor Act would prevent police from executing a warrant “until after the officer provides notice of his or her authority and purpose.”
“The irony is lost on these idiots. They’re trying to kill the person who’s actually trying to get rid of no-knock raids,” Paul said.
Paul didn’t think the protesters were local residents, but might have come from out of state and were probably “paid to be anarchists.” He called for an FBI investigation into the people involved, according to Fox News.