Kelley Paul: “I really felt that we were going to lose our lives.”
Senator Rand Paul (R, KY) and his wife, Kelley, were caught in the mob that appeared outside the White House immediately following the RNC convention on Thursday night. They are both featured in the above video clip, and Mrs. Paul details what took place that night in this excerpt of the transcript below Scary!
Kelley Paul: In the minutes before the police with the bikes showed up, we were completely encircled and surrounded, pressed up against two cops, who, we were surrounded by people who were screaming in our faces yelling that they were gonna f— us up, screaming: “Say her name.”
And at one point you know. At first I was trying to look in their eyes and trying to have any kind of reason or to see someone as a human being and I realized they did not see us as human beings. We were Trump supporters, so they absolutely despised us even though if we were ever in a situation, and maybe could have talked to some of those folks, and they knew about Rand’s background in criminal justice reform and the things that I’ve spoken out on, we could have had agreement.
But in that moment it was just like this bloodthirsty mob. And all I could think of, was the man who was kicked in the head in Portland; you know a week ago, or the man whose jaw was broken, or eight-year-old Sequoia Turner. I really felt that we were going to lose our lives. I thought someone was going to throw a brick. I mean it was the most terrifying moment in my entire life.
Tucker Carlson: So given that, let me just quickly to you a follow-up Mrs. Paul: Given that the experience that you had, you just described it so vividly, what do you make of the news coverage of it? I’ve seen a couple of different accounts today that suggest it was not a big deal at all that you’re complaining for political reasons. NPR tonight described it as a peaceful protest. What do you make of that?
Kelley Paul: I’m furious. I am furious. I’m furious that Biden and Kamala Harris are not denouncing this. You tell me, if you are surrounded by a mob that will not let you move, that is screaming in your face, that is holding you completely hostage, and you cannot walk to your hotel, and you are on a dark street. You tell me that’s not violence. You tell me that is not an attack… [All emphasis, mine]