No one would argue with the fact that the political climate in the U.S. has become more violent and toxic since the 2016 presidential election. It seems almost daily, elected Democrats, along with evil, deranged, and mentally ill leftists, are calling for violence against elected Republican officials or conservatives in general… basically anyone who disagrees with them politically.
Kelley Paul, wife of Rand Paul, is one of those people feeling the impact of such threats and says she sleeps with a loaded gun to feel safe. In an interview with Breitbart News, Paul said that due to the rising number of threats, she and her husband have increased the security in their home.
“We’ve updated all of our security systems at home. I sleep with a loaded gun by my bed,” Paul said.
She said that because she is at home alone quite often, the house has deadbolts throughout so when she goes to bed, she is “deadbolted in three different levels.”
When describing what life is like for the wife of a Republican senator during such a time of heightened aggressiveness, Paul said it was “bizarre,” adding that she had never felt this way before.
“We used to never even lock our doors, and now that has all changed. Even going out to dinner in D.C., last night, you worry. You hope that people aren’t going to come up and just start screaming at you,” she said.
Paul has good reason to be concerned. Last November, her husband suffered five broken ribs after a neighbor ambushed him outside their home in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Police arrested Rene Boucher, 60, and charged him with fourth-degree assault, Fox News reported.
The attack reportedly stemmed from a dispute over debris near a property line, but it is worth noting that Boucher is a registered Democrat, according to the Daily Caller. Fox News also reported that Boucher frequently posted to his Facebook page about politically polarizing issues.
For Paul, the threat is real. She said that with so many “unhinged [and] unstable people out there,” things could get bad quickly — especially when we have Democrat leaders calling for resistance and push back against Trump and his policies.
Paul added that when liberals hear someone telling them to “get up” in a Republican’s face, they take it literally, and “they think that gives them a license to be very aggressive,” adding that “I don’t think anybody wants to live in a country like that.”
Most people understand it’s little wonder conservatives walk around with their guard up, and it’s no wonder that they feel they are under an attack.
Last summer, a gunman wounded five Republican members of Congress during a baseball practice in Alexandria, Virginia.
Republican officials have been heckled and even run out of restaurants, and public figures that are openly conservative often face unfair treatment.
In addition, failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton is fueling progressive activists by leading the so-called “resistance.”
Democrats have even gone so far as to release the addresses and phone number of Sens. Lindsey Graham, Mike Lee and Orrin Hatch to the public. The Paul’s information was also leaked in a prior incident.
Paul said it was “very threatening, and it’s very frightening” to feel as though you’re under assault, and that “your own home address is being released for the purposes of intimidating [or] threatening you in some way.”
She also said that because of what has happened to her family, she is genuinely afraid that something terrible could happen.
Paul, like many conservatives, has a right to be concerned.
She attempted to appeal to the left’s sense of common decency last week in an open letter to Sen. Cory Booker. In the letter, she asked Booker to retract a statement he made in which he encouraged Democrats to get in the face Congress members and confront them about issues. She urged him to condemn the violence, intimidation and threats.
It remains to be seen if Booker, or any other Democrat, will follow Paul’s advice and condemn any of the hatred hurled on conservatives.
If the recent hysteria witnessed over the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is any indication, this kind of unhinged behavior is nowhere near over.