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Sen. Rand Paul: Hatred After Attack, Surgery 'Disturbing'

By    |   Thursday, 15 August 2019 12:28 PM

Sen. Rand Paul, in his first interview after going through lung surgery this summer as part of his recovery after being attacked by a neighbor two years ago, said Thursday the amount of hatred being aimed at him after he announced his surgery was troubling.

"One of the disturbing things is to see that there's still so much hatred out there," the Kentucky Republican told Fox News' "Fox and Friends."

"Thousands of people on Twitter were swarming to wish me that I would either die or someone would assault me again. I am perplexed this is a right-wing phenomenon but I see thousands of people on Twitter, this left-wing mob wishing I was dead. Who are these people?"

Paul, whose wife Kelly joined in the interview, said he had been recovering from the attack after his neighbor tackled him while his mowing grass at his home. However, he said, he was having worsening pulmonary symptoms and examinations showed he had damage to his lungs, requiring that one part be removed.

"It was very scary again for me to see Rand developing more symptoms this summer," his wife said. "We were grateful that he is going to be fine and able to move on from this, but it has been really hard."

His neighbor pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 30 days in jail, a term Paul likened to that of a shoplifter. Paul in January was also awarded more than $580,000 in damages and medical expenses in a lawsuit against his neighbor, who has since moved away.

Paul pointed out that the man who attacked him was known to talk online "about doing violence" to President Donald Trump, but that was "completely ignored by the media."

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Sen. Rand Paul, in his first interview after going through lung surgery this summer as part of his recovery after being attacked by a neighbor two years ago, said Thursday the amount of hatred being aimed at him after he announced his surgery was troubling.
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