Rand Paul claims he was ‘attacked by angry mob’ near White House after Trump acceptance speech
WASHINGTON (AP) – Senator Rand Paul, who was surrounded by screaming protesters as he and his wife left President Donald Trump’s speech at the Republican National Convention at the White House, claimed Friday without evidence that he had been ” attacked by an angry mob ”of the type that would run rampant in Joe Biden’s America.
Video of the meeting with the protesters, who shouted at Paul to pronounce Breonna Taylor’s name, shows no attack on Paul, only a policeman who was pushed around while carrying a bicycle and then tripped over the shoulder of the senator from Kentucky.
Police and other security personnel cordoned off Paul and his wife as they left the White House shortly after midnight to walk a few blocks to their hotel, and the couple did did not appear to come into physical contact with the protesters and was not injured.
Still, Paul tweeted that he “had just been attacked by an angry mob of over 100 angry people, one block from the White House,” and he thanked the police for “literally saving our lives. lives of a mad crowd “.
A large image of the incident titled “Something’s Going On” occupied the top of the Fox News website for at least two hours until noon Friday.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has said he does not want to fund police services and that it was Trump who proposed to cut local police support. Biden said he was in favor of increasing funding for local police forces and deploying more social workers to supplement police work.
In a television appearance on Fox News on Friday, Paul linked the meeting with protesters to lawlessness and a move to fund police services and said no one would be safe in America if candidate Biden Democrat in the presidential election, won the White House.
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“We can’t let Joe Biden run the country and have no police,” Paul told hosts of the morning show “Fox & Friends”.
Biden said he did not want to fund police services and that it was Trump who proposed to cut local police support. Biden said he was in favor of increasing funding for local police forces and deploying more social workers to supplement police work.
Paul alleged, without providing any evidence, that protesters were being paid to create unrest on the streets of the nation’s capital.
“I think we’re going to find out that these people are hired and from out of town, especially in our case,” Paul said.
Protesters were shouting at the Kentucky senator to recognize Taylor, who was gunned down by police who used a ram to break down the door to her Louisville apartment. Protesters on Friday shouted “No justice, no peace” and “Say his name” before one of them appeared to briefly run into an officer, pushing him back with his bicycle, sending the officer in Paul’s shoulder.
Taylor’s name has been a rallying cry among protesters during recent protests against racial injustice and police brutality. The 26-year-old emergency medic was shot several times on March 13 when police broke into her apartment with a restraining warrant during a narcotics investigation.
The search warrant for his home was for a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found.
Paul said he wrote a law to end the raids smoothly. “So,” he said, “the irony is lost on these idiots.”
Videos showed that other participants in Trump’s RNC speech were verbally confronted by protesters after leaving the event.
Paul said there is “something going on here” and the FBI “must be involved”.
“I promise you that at least some of the members and people who attacked us were not from DC,” he said. “They flew here on a plane. They all have new clothes and they got paid to be here. It’s a crime to do that, and we have to find it. The FBI must investigate.
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