Sen. Rand Paul Says He Was Harassed By ‘Crazed Mob’ Of Protesters Leaving Trump’s White House RNC Speech
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) thanked Washington D.C. police for “literally saving” his life from a “crazed mob” as he departed the final night of the Republican National Convention.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to DC Police Dept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob,” Paul tweeted.
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.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
Videos on social media show protesters yelling at, and encroaching on the senator and his wife Kelley. According to the videos, Paul and his wife were not physically touched by any of the protesters.
The police could be heard telling the crowd to “back off” while escorting the couple back to their hotel.
I think protesters are confronting … Rand Paul pic.twitter.com/aBLRnP5WgQ
— Justin Wm. Moyer (@justinwmmoyer) August 28, 2020
Other guests leaving the RNC were confronted by protesters as well, according to videos shared on social media.
Rep. Brian Mast (R-Florida) was confronted by a group, but appeared to take their comments in stride.
“Everybody has the right to protest, that’s a beautiful thing,” Mast said. Asked if he was afraid for his safety, he replied “No, should I be?”
— Phillip Nieto (@nieto_phillip) August 28, 2020
Mast, a veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was injured in combat. He tweeted Friday that “they thought I would be an easy target because my prosthetics move slowly.”
They thought I would be an easy target because my prosthetics move slowly. They were wrong. https://t.co/QooCkK5KFn
— Brian Mast (@BrianMastFL) August 28, 2020
Several Republicans, including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), condemned the harassment of individuals leaving the RNC.
What happened to Rand & Kelley tonight (and numerous others exiting the RNC) was wrong. The police protecting them were heroic, but this needs to stop. This is very close to escalating to serious violence. https://t.co/4iRdhG2F6Y
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 28, 2020
“What happened to Rand & Kelley tonight (and numerous others exiting the RNC) was wrong,” Cruz wrote on Twitter. “The police protecting them were heroic, but this needs to stop. This is very close to escalating to serious violence.”