‘I would call on you to condemn…the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) Sen. Rand Paul’s (R-Kentucky) wife sharply criticized Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) for endorsing “intimidation and threats” against congressmen and their families, saying she now sleeps with “a loaded gun by my bed.”
Booker encouraged activists to “get up in the face of some congresspeople” last week.
In an open letter to Booker published on CNN.com, Kelley Paul said conflict and violence is not the way to “enact change.”
“Preventing someone from moving forward, thrusting your middle finger in their face, screaming vitriol — is this the way to express concern or enact change?” she wrote. “Or does it only incite unstable people to violence, making them feel that assaulting a person is somehow politically justifiable?”
Paul said her husband was “besieged in the airport” by Democrats last week who got up in his face and screamed obscenities at him.
This, Paul said, is exactly what Booker encouraged.
“In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level,” she said.
Paul said she has “never felt this way in [her] life,” telling Booker that her home’s security systems have had to be expanded, and that the local sheriffs patrol the neighborhood to watch for suspicious activity.
She referred to an incident last November when a “violent and unstable man” attacked her husband from behind in their backyard, “breaking six ribs and leaving him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia.”
She told Booker to condemn such acts instead of encouraging violence against people you disagree with.
“I would call on you to retract your statement,” Kelley Paul said. “I would call on you to condemn violence, the leaking of elected officials’ personal addresses (our address was leaked from a Senate directory given only to senators), and the intimidation and threats that are being hurled at them and their families.”