As the details about the attack that bested Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) trickle in, things just get stranger and more bizarre. For instance, the Washington Post reported that the condition of the libertarian-leaning Senator was far worse than first conveyed. They write that he endured “five broken ribs and bruises to his lungs” and that he was not expected back to work as soon as many had hoped.
Today, Blasting News has given us even more insight as they expose that “Rene Boucher, 59, worked with Paul when they both were practicing physicians in Kentucky” prior to his ascension to the U.S. Senate. This is the man who inflicted upon Paul injuries that were first thought to be only “a bruised face and injured rib” but have since turned out to be “quite serious.”
Rib fractures and “lung contusions” are both being suffered by the Senator from Kentucky. This makes the simple act of breathing or rolling over in bed nothing short of agony. Those that have broken or injured a rib in such a way (including this author) can attest to weeks of misery.
Alleged unhinged liberal Rene Boucher was Rand Paul attacker. 4 broken ribs from blind side attack. Attempted MURDER https://t.co/cdUU3P92H7
— EaglePundit ? (@RealEagleBites) November 6, 2017
Paul is said to have many injured ribs.
The assault happened as the son of Texas legend Ron Paul was mowing his Bowling Green lawn. Boucher, in true cowardly manner, snuck up behind the Senator and tackled him, according to reports. The whole situation is to have “emanated from a longtime personal dispute between the two men” and was called “trivial.”
While this may be the case, the sentence for putting a Senator in the hospital is certainly not going to be “trivial,” a fact that Boucher may soon discover for himself. In fact, the act of doing so is a federal crime and “Capitol Police are investigating the attack.” The only silver lining for the culprit lies in the fact that this was not a politically motivated assault, something that may spare him the full punishment of the law.
Since the 59-year-old is said to have verbally attacked Rand Paul on a personal level before taking him down and fracturing his ribs, the signs point to this not being motivated by the Senator’s status as a leader.
Doug Stafford is Rand Paul’s senior adviser and he said, “It is a pending, serious criminal matter involving state and federal authorities. We won’t have any further comments at this time.” This is not a case that Paul seems to want to have tried in the court of public opinion beyond what has already happened.
The Kentucky Senator is quite popular and some Twitter users have called this, “attempted murder,” so it is clear why the Rand Paul camp is avoiding undue gossip on the matter.
Another Twitter user named Harry Enten felt that the attack “should be a big story” and it does seem strange that the libertarians besting was not more widely reported, to say the least.
As this blows over and (after quite some considerable pain during recovery time) Paul returns to work, we need to understand how vulnerable our leaders are to violence. Sure, this was just a personal dispute and nothing more. A fight that would have hardly made the papers if ut has transpired between two civilians.
That said, we may not be so lucky the next time.