Tuesday, October 26, 2010

VIDEO: Rand Paul supporters assault liberal activist

Posted By on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 12:31 PM

During this heated election season, I’ve heard several liberals reflecting in private discussions about the possibility of right-wing violence, particularly at campaign rallies. I generally agreed during those conversations that the wingnuts were pretty stirred up and anything could happen, but I couldn’t bring myself to concur that Brown Shirt-like, thug tactics were on the way. You don’t want to think of Americans, even those you seriously disagree with, turning into the U.S. version of Nazi-era thugs. Well, I was evidently wrong.

Last night in Lexington, Kentucky, before a scheduled debate between U.S Senate candidates — Democrat Jack Conway and Republican (and Tea Party fave) Rand Paul — right-wing thugs who support Paul physically attacked a liberal activist. Lauren Valle, a member of the liberal group MoveOn.org, planned to hand Paul a fake “award” for being a corporate tool. Instead, a group of Paul supporters dragged Valle to the ground and placed her head on a curb, where one of the gang stomped on her head. See the video below.

Here’s the even more shocking part: Rand Paul apparently has no intention of condemning the attack by his supporters. His campaign put out a statement calling the attack “incredibly unfortunate” and declaring, "Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another.”  Given another chance to condemn the thuggery on Fox News this morning, Paul reiterated that the problem was people who were “not civil,” “it wasn't something I liked,” and “So I hope in the future it's going to be better.” Excuse me, pal, but when a group of your supporters jumps an opponent, a woman at that, and stomps her head onto a curb, it’s time for you to condemn the goobers involved, period.

During one of the conversations mentioned at the top of this post, I disagreed with a woman who said right wingers “are inherently thugs.” I hope I was right. Otherwise, it could be a long two years till the next election.

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