The wife of Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), Kelley Paul, has called out Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) for his recent vocal endorsement of aggressive intimidation of Republican politicians by left-wing activists, in an op-ed for CNN.
“I now keep a loaded gun by my bed,” Mrs. Paul wrote. “Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.”
She reminded readers that her husband has been the victim of two left-wing assassination attempts last year, including a mass shooter at a congressional baseball practice, and a local brute who left Sen. Paul hospitalized for weeks after beating him to the ground. Just a few days ago, Sen. Paul endured yet another aggressive confrontation from the self-proclaimed ‘Resistance’.
“Earlier this week, Rand was besieged in the airport by activists,” Mrs. Paul stated, describing the left-wing extremists as “preventing [Sen. Paul] from moving forward, thrusting [their] middle finger in [Sen. Paul’s] face, screaming vitriol”.
She noted that these activists were doing exactly what Booker had urged them to do in July: “get up in the face of some congresspeople”. Even more worryingly, she pointed that Sen. Paul’s cellphone number and home address had been “leaked from a Senate directory given only to Senators”, suggesting that a Senate Democrat was likely responsible.
Although Mrs. Paul called on Booker to “condemn violence”, her pleas are likely to fall on deaf ears. Violence and intimidation have become the cornerstone of the Democrats’ political strategy for the 2018 mid-term elections, and with Booker said to be laying the foundations for a 2020 presidential bid, he is unlikely to do anything that would displease the increasingly militant Democratic base.