Washington, DC – Violent protesters attacked people leaving the White House on the final night of the Republican National Convention Thursday night, including a mob who surrounded and threatened U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) and his guests as they tried to get to their hotel (video below).
“We can’t let our cities be taken over by these marauders and thugs,” Paul told FOX News on Friday morning, describing the experience as “horrific.”
He explained how he, his wife, and their two female guests became completely surrounded by angry, screaming protesters as they tried to get to their hotel after the closing ceremonies of the convention.
Paul told FOX News that they were all staying at a hotel across the street from the White House, but the scene outside the Executive Manson was so volatile after the fireworks ended that guests who had attended the events had to be loaded onto buses and taken outside the protests area in order to leave.
“We couldn’t go because the mob was already chasing down people who chose to go out that exit,” he explained. “So the Secret Service says get on a bus and ride to the Trump Hotel.”
The senator and his guests boarded a bus with other convention attendees and were shuttled a few blocks away to the Trump International Hotel.
He told FOX News they got an Uber to take them back to their own hotel at that point, but that the streets were blocked and they got stuck in traffic.
Paul said he thought they would be safe walking the two remaining blocks to their hotel, but he was wrong.
He called the move a bad decision that put all of them in harm’s way as violent protesters surrounded them screaming.
Videos of the scene posted to social media showed the senator’s group completely surrounded.
Paul said group started with about 30 protesters and quickly grew to a mob of well over 100 angry screaming people.
He told FOX News they ran to police they could see up the block for help and the officers surrounded them and called for backup that never came.
“They were yelling threats. They were trying to push the police over to get to me. They were grabbing at us. And it got worse and worse and worse,” the senator described the horrific scene.
“They were shouting threats to us, to kill us, to hurt us, but also threats saying shout, shouting ‘say her name,’ Breonna Taylor, and it’s like you couldn’t reason with this mob, but I’m actually the author of the Breonna Taylor law to end no-knock raids, so the irony is lost on these idiots that they’re trying to kill the person who’s actually trying to get rid of no-knock raids,” he said.
“Really these people were unhinged,” Paul said, opining that they would not have made it out of the melee safely with the help of the DC police.
He told FOX News that there were a number of close calls.
Video showed at one point an officer was using his bike to hold back the encroaching mob.
“They’re attempting to push the police over to get to me, so at one point they push a policeman backwards, he stumbles and he’s trying to catch his balance and I catch the back of his flak jacket to stabilize him to make sure he’s okay because he’s our defense,” Paul explained. “If he’s down, the mob’s loose on us.”
“And you’ve seen the pictures of what they do to you,” he continued. “If the police are not there, if you defund the police, if we become Portland, if America becomes Portland, what’s going to happen is people are going to be pummeled and kicked in the head and left senseless on the curb.”
“That would have happened to us, I promise you, had we not had the D.C. Police to support us, we are thankful we have police, and we’ve got to wake up. We can’t have the whole country, we can’t have Joe Biden rule the country and have no police. I mean, we can’t walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That’s how bad it is,” Paul told FOX News.
Then he said the violent protesters occupying DC streets were not from the Washington metropolitan area.
“I believe there are going to be people who are involved with the attack on us that actually were paid to come here, are not from Washington, D.C., and are sort of paid to be anarchists,” Paul told FOX News. “This is disturbing because really, if you’re inciting a riot that’s a crime, but if you’re paying someone to incite a riot that person needs to go to jail as well.”
“We can’t live this way. It’s getting worse and worse,” he added.
The senator told FOX News that they can’t even safely go outside for a walk anymore.
“It’s become so dangerous for us and I don’t hear Joe Biden or Kamala Harris saying one thing about the violence,” Paul pointed out. “This mob is their voters. This is the new Democrat party, and if we don’t resist this, the United States is going to become Portland. We’re going to become Chicago. All of these failed cities Democrats have run, the president said in his speech.”
“If we allow them to take over the White House, we are going to become Portland, the country will be on fire. We have to have law and order and we have to support the police. I can’t say that strong enough,” he continued.
Paul said the mob was screaming threats at him, his wife, and their two female guests, FOX News reported.
“I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless,” he explained. “You’ve seen the pictures.”
The senator complained about the mainstream media not showing what was really happening with the riots in Portland another cities and said people needed to know.
“Thank God for the police,” Paul told FOX News. “Had we not gotten to the police – I truly believe the police saved our lives and we would not be here today, or we’d be in a hospital today, if the police had not been there.”
He said that they thanked the officers but that police were still busy trying to keep them safe because protesters tried to follow the senator and his group into the hotel.
“This isn’t normal,” he said, sounding frustrated. “The FBI needs to be involved. My feeling is there is interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines. But you won’t know it unless you arrest them… they were paid to be here.”
“They were inciting a riot and they would have killed us had the police not been there,” the senator added. “They all need to be arrested – and I’m not saying forever – but they all need to be arrested, questioned, they need to say ‘where are you staying’ and the bills need to be subpoenaed by a judge to say ‘who paid for your bill,’ ‘how did you get here on a plane and staying in a fancy hotel and yet you’re acting like a criminal.’”
“Something is going on here and it’s much bigger than people think,” Paul told FOX News. “But the bottom line is we can’t let the United States become Portland and that’s what my fear is. That the United States is going to be on fire if we have no police.”
Paul is considered a leading advocate for criminal justice reform in the U.S. Senate, but he said the violent protesters threatening him didn’t seem to have any clue about his record on their cause.
“They said ‘we’re not going to let you go alive unless you’ll say you’re for criminal justice reform,’” the senator who has authored 22 pieces of criminal justice reform legislation told FOX News.
Watch the scene unfold in the video below:
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 28, 2020