My husband, Rand Paul, and our family have suffered intimidation and threats

On October 6, 2018, Kelley Paul published an open letter to Senator Cory Booker regarding her increasing concern for personal safety amid the political hostility arising from Democrats and those on the left.

The letter, published on CNN reads:

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.” 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?

Senator Booker, Rand has worked with you to co-sponsor criminal justice reform bills. He respects you, and so do I. I would call on you to retract your statement. 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.
Sincerely,
Kelley Paul
Kelley Paul is just the latest Republican figure to be aggressively confronted because of her political ideology. Sarah Sanders, Kirstjen Nielsen, Ted Cruz, Candace Owens, Stephen Miller, and Pam Bondi have all been chased out of restaurants by protesters in recent weeks.
Additionally, Democrat leaders continue to use rhetoric that seems to provoke these types of aggressive interactions. Tuesday, Hillary Clinton told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, “I believe if we are fortunate enough to win back the House and or the Senate, that’s when civility can start again.” Watch her remarks below.

Former Attorney General Eric Holder while campaigning in Georgia on Sunday, told an audience, “when they go low, we kick them.” The potential 2020 candidate added: “That’s what this new Democratic Party is about. We are proud as hell to be Democrats. We are willing to fight for the ideals of the Democratic Party. We are proud of our history, we are proud of our present and we are proud of the future that we can create for this country.”

Referring to the Trump administration, Maxine Watters said, “If you see anybody from that cabinet in a restaurant, in a department store, at a gasoline station, you get out and you create a crowd. You push back on them. Tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere!”

And Senator Cory Booker told an audience to “get up in the face of Congressman” that Kelley Paul referred to in her letter.

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