Republicans are sleeping with one eye open, even more than usual lately as real credible threats against the party to the right of progressivism is on the rise. Gone are the days of the friendly wager, gentlemen’s handshake, and even the straightforward offers to deal with a problem.
Unfortunately for conservatives, there are still a lot of irate liberals, and the concerns facing conservatives working hardest to make a change have nothing to do with politics and everything to do with real and present fear of being targeted by someone unhappy with the way things are going for their party.
That was the case for Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a firebrand known for speaking his mind, and the minds of millions of Americans, from the floor of the Senate.
According to The Daily Wire, Paul received a suspicious package that prompted an investigation by the FBI, due to the package containing white powder and a message that threatened violence to the second-generation politician.
The unexpected and clearly unwanted package was in the form of a “large envelope” sent to Paul’s home in Kentucky from an as yet unknown sender. To make a horrifying situation even more horrific, the outside of the envelop sported a photo of a beaten-up Paul with what Fox News said was “a gun to his head” and included the message: “I’ll finish what your neighbor started you motherf***er.”
The threat was referencing the senator’s spat with his neighbor that landed them in a highly politicized physical altercation. Politicians on both sides weighed in, but individuals were wildly opposed on their views with some saying violence was never the answer and others saying, essentially that he “had it coming.”
“I take these threats immensely seriously,” Paul wrote on Twitter. “As a repeated target of violence, it is reprehensible that Twitter allows C-list celebrities to encourage violence against me and my family.”
Paul is drawing attention to the encouragement given to his attacker by pop singer Richard Marx who said over the weekend, “I’ll say it again: If I ever meet Rand Paul’s neighbor I’m going to hug him and buy him as many drinks as he can consume.”
Paul’s fight with the neighbor caused him to undergo surgery in 2019 to have part of his lung removed due to serious injuries stemming from an attack committed by his Democrat neighbor, Rene Boucher.
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
“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,” Paul said. “The doctors, nurses, [and] staff at Vanderbilt University Medical Center were great. I should be able to return to the Senate in September.”
The attack happened in late 2017 when, according to Paul, his neighbor, Rene Boucher, 59, “came onto his property and tackled him from behind, forcing him to the ground and causing pain,” which left him with six broken ribs, pleural effusion, and, consequently, pneumonia.
Boucher was arrested in November 2017 and cited being upset with Paul over leaves that blew into his property due to Paul’s lawnmower and the judge presiding over the case referred to the attack as a “dispute between neighbors” and denied that it was politically motivated.
The Kentucky Republican was again threatened in 2018 when someone called his office and threatened not only him, but his family as well. “Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant, this man had threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an ax. It’s just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this,” Paul said at the time. “That on top of being attacked personally and having a very serious life-threatening attack on my person and then being shot at, I’ve had a year where it’s becoming more and more aware of we have these real threats out there.”