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Police Arrest Man Who Threatened to Kill Rand Paul and Butcher Family, Senator Says

Rand Paul thanks U.S. Capitol Police for arresting a man who allegedly made disturbing threats against the senator and his family.

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U.S. Capitol Police have arrested a man who threatened to kill Sen. Rand Paul (R–Ky.) and "chop up" his family with an axe, the senator said Monday.

In a Twitter post, Paul expressed his gratitude to the Capitol Police for detaining the man. "Thank you to the US Capitol Police for their arrest of the man who recently threatened to kill my family and me," the Kentucky Republican wrote:

According to the Louisville Courier Journal, the suspect made the disturbing threats over the phone, having called in to Paul's office in Bowling Green, Kentucky.

"Capitol Police have issued an arrest warrant for a man who threatened to kill me and chop up my family with an axe," Paul said earlier Monday at an event in Litchfield. "It's just horrendous that we have to deal with things like this."

Paul is no stranger to threats to his physical wellbeing. Last June, he was practicing with his Republican teammates for the Congressional Baseball Game at a field in Alexandria, Virginia, when a gunman opened fire. Paul was not hurt, though House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R–La.) sustained serious injuries.

Then, in November, Paul was assaulted by a neighbor who was angry that the senator was stacking yard debris near the boundary between their properties. Paul suffered several fractured ribs and the neighbor, Rene Boucher, was arrested by state police following the attack. He later pleaded guilty to the federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress.

In addition to being sentenced to 30 days in jail, Boucher was slapped with a $10,000 fine. Federal prosecutors have since decided to appeal his sentence, arguing it isn't harsh enough. Moreover, Paul has filed a civil lawsuit against Boucher, alleging "physical pain and mental suffering" and seeking punitive and compensatory damages.

Needless to say, Paul has dealt with a lot over the past year or so, and he admitted as much on Monday. "It's been a year where we're becoming more and more aware of these threats," he said.

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  1. “Then, in November, Paul was assaulted by a neighbor who was angry that the senator was stacking yard debris near the boundary between their properties.”

    By a neighbor who *told the court* that his motive was the senator stacking yard debris etc.

  2. Both sides, guys

  3. Does the threat of violence against Sen. Paul carry a stiffer punishment than the actual violence that was committed against him?

    1. Well, at least they’re not HATE CRIMES!

  4. Ye gods. Libertarians of any stripe must be UTTERLY DESTROYED, I guess.

      1. MIne, this morning after having a half dozen jalepenos stuffed with chorizo?

        1. bonus points for most surprising prepositional phrase ina single comment

        2. Spanish chorizo or Mexican chorizo?

  5. If you have a problem with libertarians then attack me. I am more libertarian than Rand!

  6. “He later pleaded guilty to the federal charge of assaulting a member of Congress.”

    And if ye are an ordinary humanoid, no one gives a shit if ye are assaulted!!!! Different laws protect the more imprortant folks….

  7. If you kill a girl under age 4, penalty = 235628?
    If you kill a postal delivery person, penalty = 360731275?
    If you kill a congress-slime, penalty = 7839528342?
    If you kill the POTUS, penalty = 39287568126352763?
    This benefits NO ONE besides lawyers and judges, all this bullshit complexity!!!
    And it makes an absolute mockery of “equal justice for all”!!!!

  8. Different levels of protection from threats and violence for different peoples? One standard for Popes and Presidents and so forth, and another for common scum like me!
    When my kiddo was in High School, a bully threatened him (on our home phone, we recorded it and let the cops listen to it) if my kiddo did not re-pay a fictional drug debt. The cops explained to us that they could do nothing, since it was a “conditional” and not an “absolute” threat.
    So I was wondering? What would happen to me if I threatened Emperor Trump, unless he repaid a fictional drug debt back to me?

    I kid you not; this really happened!!! This is TOTAL horseshit!!! They LIE to us all day every day, about us being “equal under the law”!!!!

  9. This is all just the ramp up to more, and more political violence.

    I am STOKED that it is almost entirely coming from the left, as when the government has to crack down on these nuts it will seem perfectly justified to most people. Keep turning up the heat lefties, I can’t wait to watch you get beat down!

    1. I am STOKED that it is almost entirely coming from the left, as when the government has to crack down on these nuts it will seem perfectly justified to most people.

      Somehow, lefties almost always get a pass on political violence. If anything, it advances their careers.

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