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Kelley Paul, wife to Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), railed against Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey after his platform failed to act against users who made violent threats against her husband and cheered after he was physically assaulted in 2017.
“Hey @jack, remember how for the last three years you have allowed thousands of hateful tweets celebrating my husband’s assault and encouraging more violence against him? I do,” she wrote Sunday.
Hey @jack , remember how for the last three years you have allowed thousands of hateful tweets celebrating my husband’s assault and encouraging more violence against him? I do.
— Kelley Paul (@KelleyAshbyPaul) January 10, 2021
She was referencing a November 2017 assault against her husband as he was mowing his lawn at their Bowling Green, Ky., home when he was attacked by a neighbor, Renee Boucher.
“Senator Paul was blindsided and the victim of an assault,” said Kelsey Cooper, a spokeswoman for Paul, at the time. “The assailant was arrested and it is now a matter for the police. Senator Paul is fine.”
In fact, Paul wasn’t fine; Boucher’s attack left Paul with six broken ribs that resulted in the removal of part of a lung.
Several people celebrated the assault on Twitter including Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Rand Paul’s neighbor was right,” she tweeted — then deleted — in March.
Also, actress and singer Bette Midler in October 2019 tweeted, and then deleted, praise for Boucher’s act of violence, while claiming to be against violence.
“I DO NOT promote violence but… Rand Paul says the Kurds are being ‘ingrates’ for taking their frustrations out on US troops. Which is a good reminder for us all to be more grateful for the neighbor who beat the shit out of Rand Paul,” she wrote.
Midler’s tweet earned a response from Kelley Paul, too.
“No matter how much I disliked someone’s politics, I would never celebrate their serious injury. A low bar, but @BetteMidler is below it,” she replied.
Before he was assaulted by his neighbor, Paul and several other Republican lawmakers were fired upon in June of 2017 by would-be assassin and Bernie Sanders supporter James Hodgkinson.
He ambushed Paul and the others early one morning as they began softball practice at a local Virginia ball field for their annual game against Democrats. One House Republican, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana, was hit and nearly killed.
“Had the [Capitol police] not been there, it would have been a massacre,” Paul said after the attack.
“If he’s got several hundred bullets and we had no weapons and no place to hide. So if he would have advanced on the rest of us, there would have been no chance,” he added.
Both Pauls were nearly assaulted again in August as they left the White House following President Donald Trump’s RNC acceptance speech.
“BLM inc. just assaulted US Senator Rand Paul who has been shot at before and hospitalized because of his Republican beliefs,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk noted on Twitter. This is Joe Biden’s party targeting Trump supporters. If you give them power, they will attack all of us.”
Rand Paul himself added: “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.”
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