Sen. Rand Paul was surrounded by a group of vocal protesters overnight who he said threatened his life as he was heading back to his hotel in Washington D.C. from the White House following the conclusion of the Republican National Convention.
“Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul wrote in a tweet at 1:39 a.m. Friday. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
Protesters took to the street in the nation’s capital Thursday evening as President Donald Trump gave his nomination acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House. Paul, an attendee of the Republican National Convention, gave a speech on Tuesday in support of Trump’s reelection.
Videos on social media show protesters surrounding Paul and his wife, Kelley Ashby Paul, on a crowded block in Washington D.C. Protesters are chanting “no justice, no peace” and “say her name, Breonna Taylor.”
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In the videos, police formed a perimeter around the Pauls, telling protesters “move back.” At one point, an officer appears to be pushed and almost falls, with Paul appearing to catch him.
“They all need to be arrested,” Paul said of protesters on “Fox & Friends” Friday morning. “The bottom line is, we cannot let the United States become Portland.”
Paul was not alone in being confronted by protesters: Georgia state Rep. Vernon Jones, a Democrat who endorsed Trump at the convention, and Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., were also approached as police separated protesters from them.
As he walked into the crowd, Mast told the Daily Caller he respected the demonstrations.
“It’s one of the beautiful things about America, that everybody’s allowed to voice their opinion,” he said. “It’s what soldiers fight for.”
Video footage posted on social media shows the crowd of protesters surrounded Mast as he approached, parting when he asked to be let through and walking alongside him.
Protesters continued to shout “Black lives matter” as he walked, while he had private conversations with some members of the crowd directly by his side.
These incidents have come as, back in Paul’s home state of Kentucky, protesters in Louisville have been marching for more than 90 days to demand justice for Breonna Taylor, the 26-year-old Black woman and emergency room technician who was unarmed when killed inside her home in March.
In June, Paul filed federal legislation to prohibit police officers across the country from using no-knock warrants like the one that led to the fatal shooting of Taylor. The Louisville Metro Council voted unanimously on June 11 to ban no-knock warrants.
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