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Senator Rand Paul Lets His Imagination Run Wild, Claims He Was “Attacked” by a “Crazed Mob” After RNC

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Rand Paul speaks in a screenshot from the virtual RNC.

As Rand Paul left the White House following Donald Trump’s bizarre and illegally presented RNC speech Thursday night, the senator was followed by a group of protesters. In video of the encounter, you can hear the crowd was chanting “say her name,” a demand that he acknowledge Breonna Taylor, who was murdered by police in Paul’s home state of Kentucky.

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Paul tweeted about the incident Friday morning and someone clearly woke up on the dramatic side of the bed.

Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,”  Paul tweeted. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”

Now, it is possible there was a larger crowd that dissipated before this video was taken, but as you can see, this is not 100 people. And of the people that are following Paul, most of them appear to be press. There were a lot of protesters outside of the White House Thursday, but the crowd that followed Paul, as well as those that reportedly followed others after the event, were much smaller groups. (Though they are, predictably, being painted by conservatives as representative of the protests as a whole.)

This looks to me to be, what? A dozen protesters?

At one point, a protester does push one of the police officers in the direction of Paul but you can clearly see in this video that that was a response to that officer violently shoving his bicycle into the crowd.

Paul confirmed to The Daily Beast that the “attack” he experienced from that “crazed mob” was strictly verbal and at no point did any protester touch him or anyone in his party. But that didn’t stop him from going on Fox & Friends Friday morning to fret over what could have happened in his imagination, if not reality.

“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, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” he said.

In June—three months after her murder—Paul introduced the “Justice for Breonna Taylor Act,” which would end the use of no-knock warrants, which is what the police were acting under when they broke down Taylor’s door and shot the young unarmed EMT to death. But that act, which has not yet made it past the introduction phase, does not actually do anything to bring “justice” to Taylor’s murder.

We’re going on six months now since her death and the officers who killed Breonna Taylor still have not been held accountable. People are rightfully angry and afraid and it’s beyond cowardly to reduce that anger and fear to the actions of a “crazed mob” when all they want is to be heard.

(image: Committee on Arrangements for the 2020 Republican National Committee via Getty Images)

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Vivian Kane
Vivian Kane (she/her) is the Senior News Editor at The Mary Sue, where she's been writing about politics and entertainment (and all the ways in which the two overlap) since the dark days of late 2016. Born in San Francisco and radicalized in Los Angeles, she now lives in Kansas City, Missouri, where she gets to put her MFA to use covering the local theatre scene. She is the co-owner of The Pitch, Kansas City’s alt news and culture magazine, alongside her husband, Brock Wilbur, with whom she also shares many cats.

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