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Sen. Paul Worried Rhetoric Could Result in Assassination

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., leaves a meeting of Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill.
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 October 2018 04:35 PM

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned Tuesday a politician could be assassinated because of the divisive political atmosphere hanging over Washington, D.C.

"I feel that there is going to be an assassination," Paul said during an interview on the "Leland Conway Show." "I really worry that someone is going to be killed and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation . . . they have to realize that they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence."

Paul was one of several Republican lawmakers who came under attack by a gunman on an Alexandria, Virginia, baseball field in June 2017. Paul was able to escape without injury, but four were shot and wounded — including Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., who nearly died. Police shot and killed the gunman.

In November 2017, Paul's neighbor attacked him in his yard, which left the senator with six broken ribs.

This year, several Democrats — such as Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — have called on Americans to confront in public politicians with whom they disagree.

"I think what people need to realize is when people like Cory Booker say, 'get up in their face,' he may think that that's OK," Paul said. "But what he doesn't realize is that for about every 1,000 persons who might want to get up in your face, one of them is going to be unstable enough to commit violence."

Paul said the baseball field gunman "had a list in his pocket of conservative Republicans that he wanted to kill."

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