Violence and threats of violence against GOP lawmakers and President Trump’s administration have reached a new high.
It all started when President Trump began to attract massive crowds of supporters to his rallies. Robert Creamer, Democrat strategist, former felon, frequent visitor at Obama’s White House, and wife of sitting US Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), was caught on camera organizing leftists to threaten and agitate Trump supporters during his 2016 campaign. Their goal was to taunt Trump supporters, getting them so angry, that they would fight back, and it would all be captured on camera. It didn’t work, Trump supporters wouldn’t engage with the violent leftist activists. Many times, Trump supporters left events bloodied and beaten, but they still came back, undeterred, and waited in line for the next rally.
After President Trump won the election, leftists organized to tear the city of DC apart during his inauguration. The violence continued with Antifa and left-wing groups escalating their attacks against Trump supporters at rallies and conservative speaking events on college campuses. When none of their acts or threats of violence deterred President Trump’s supporters, Democrat lawmakers began to take matters into their own hands. US Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D-CA) called on her supporters to confront members of Trump’s administration whenever they were spotted in a public space. Democrat Senator Corey Booker (NJ), called on his supporters to threaten GOP members of Congress by “Getting up in their faces.” This kind of rhetoric is not only wholly inappropriate for sitting members of Congress, but it is also dangerous for any American to call on their fellow Americans to threaten anyone who doesn’t agree with their political views. Kelley Paul, the wife of Senator Rand Paul, is speaking out against this irresponsible behavior in an open letter to Senator Cory Booker— and who can blame her?
An open letter to Senator Cory Booker:
It’s nine o’clock at night, and as I watch out the window, a sheriff’s car slowly drives past my home. I am grateful that they have offered to do extra patrols, as someone just posted our home address, and Rand’s cell number, on the internet — all part of a broader effort to intimidate and threaten Republican members of Congress and their families. I now keep a loaded gun by my bed. Our security systems have had to be expanded. I have never felt this way in my life.In the last 18 months, our family has experienced violence and threats of violence at a horrifying level. I will never forget the morning of the shooting at the congressional baseball practice, the pure relief and gratitude that flooded me when I realized that Rand was okay.He was not okay last November, when a violent and unstable man attacked him from behind while he was working in our yard, breaking six ribs and leaving him with lung damage and multiple bouts of pneumonia. Kentucky’s secretary of state, Alison Lundergan Grimes, recently joked about it in a speech. MSNBC commentator Kasie Hunt laughingly said on air that Rand’s assault was one of her “favorite stories.”Watch the video of Hunt here:
Cher, Bette Midler, and others have lauded his attacker on Twitter. I hope that these women never have to watch someone they love struggle to move or even breathe for months on end. Earlier this week, Rand was besieged in the airport by activists “getting up in his face,” as you, Senator Booker, encouraged them to do a few months ago. Preventing someone from moving forward, thrusting your middle finger in their face, screaming vitriol — is this the way to express concern or enact change? Or does it only incite unstable people to violence, making them feel that assaulting a person is somehow politically justifiable?