Last night, several prominent Republicans were confronted with protestors as they left the Republican National Convention.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), the man who singlehandedly held up a coronavirus relief bill so he could grandstand and has been a prominent defender of the president’s disastrous coronavirus response, found himself surrounded by angry citizens who took the opportunity to let him know how they felt about Paul’s attendance at the fascistic and egomaniacal spectacle the president held at the White House (in violation of federal law, we might add) last night.
— Brendan Gutenschwager (@BGOnTheScene) August 28, 2020
You can see from the video that nothing happened to Senator Paul except some minor heckling and verbal harassment. Of course, Senator don’t-tread-on-me-I’m-a-LIBERTARIAN hid behind a phalanx of cops and then whined on Twitter that he had been attacked! by the unwashed mob who dared to make him, a United States Senator, feel some kind of discomfort and insecurity.
Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House. Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) August 28, 2020
The true crime they committed, in his eyes, is feeding the existential fear that all rich and powerful politicians nurse in the back of their minds: the fear that someday, they might have to face actual consequences for the nihilistically cruel political decisions they make on behalf of the oligarch class and the suffering that those decisions heap upon the lower classes.
It is deeply ironic that someone who justifies his plutocratic ideology with laughably empty appeals to personal responsibility so upset at the idea of having to take some responsibility for himself.
Being catcalled and shouted at by the people whose lives are affected by your votes is our right in a society of free men, and if Rand Paul doesn’t like it, maybe he shouldn’t spend every vote trying to destroy the social safety net and funnel every last taxpayer dollar into the pockets of the wealthiest Americans.
Real violence is Rand Paul and his fellow Republicans in the U.S. Senate refusing to spend any money to bail out the 40 million Americans facing eviction on September 1st after blowing a trillion-dollar hole in the budget with tax cuts for the rich.
Of course, it’s understandable that Rand Paul might be fearful of anything resembling a physical confrontation after his neighbor broke of his six ribs in a hilarious altercation over yard care.
Social media users were quick to roast the Senator for his weepy mewling about being “attacked.”
No one laid a finger on Rand Paul last night and we get incessant crying from conservatives.
Breonna Taylor was murdered in the middle of the night by plainclothes cops who lied to a judge to obtain a no knock warrant, and we get silence from conservatives.
— Ana Kasparian (@AnaKasparian) August 28, 2020
Can we start with why Rand Paul and his wife didn’t use the car service provided but chose to walk the DC streets in the middle of a protest? Then let’s move to why he’s the sole holdout on the anti-lynching bill. Sounds like he was looking for “confrontation.” https://t.co/iSmRVeEsIA
— April (@ReignOfApril) August 28, 2020
— CAPITALISM IS THE MOST BARBARIC OF ALL RELIGIONS (@EatYrselfFitter) August 28, 2020
I love how you people vacillate between the "tough guy" routine and being whiny little babies like this.
— Mass for Shut-ins (is a podcast) (@edburmila) August 28, 2020
Maybe it’s time to raise wages and defund the police. People seem to be angry about cops murdering citizens who are locked into poverty conditions by free market televangelists like you.
— Aren R. LeBrun (@proustmalone) August 28, 2020
you understand that the entire episode is on video and this makes you look like more of a fucking crybaby. grow up. take some personal responsibility for your actions.
— mh40k (@mh40k) August 28, 2020
Our politicians should expect this, having chosen to abandon minorities and workers during a pandemic. Our frustration and anger are justified. The People have been brutalized, are broke, sick, hungry, homeless, hopeless. What did you expect? Civility in the face of desperation?
— Str🅰️nge❎10🌹🌻🏴🚩🕊️ (@StrangeTimes10) August 28, 2020
— FatHobbit says BLM (@fath0bbit) August 28, 2020
Guess Rand would only approve if they were white armed militias or 17 year olds w assault rifles indoctrinated by the WH and Republicans. Protesters speaking their mind is an "attack" but domestic terrorists killing innocents is praised by these sycophants
— Olga Lautman (@OlgaNYC1211) August 28, 2020
Colin Taylor is the editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.