Republican Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky warned that the calls by Democrats such as Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Rep. Maxine Waters of California to confront Republicans in public could lead to assassination.
“These are people that are unstable. We don’t want to encourage them,” said Paul in an interview on Kentucky WHAS radio’s “Leland Conway Show,” Breitbart News reported. “We have to somehow ratchet it down and say we’re not encouraging that violence is ever OK.”
“I fear that there’s going to be an assassination,” Paul told the radio show. “I really worry that somebody is going to be killed, and that those who are ratcheting up the conversation … they have to realize they bear some responsibility if this elevates to violence.”
Breitbart also reported lawmakers and left-wing activists continue to push “get in their face” tactics.
Breitbart noted that in the 2008 presidential campaign, Barack Obama told supporters to go to their independent and Republican neighbors, “argue with them and get in their face.”
On Saturday, ahead of the confirmation vote on Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Jennifer Epps-Addison, network president and co-executive director at the left-wing Center for Popular Democracy, issued an “in your face” warning.
“If you think a few women were getting up in their faces at an airport, if they thought of us calmly saying, ‘Listen to survivors’ was enough to shake and intimidate them, well, wait till they go home,” Epps-Addison said.
“Wait till they go to the state fair. Wait till they go to the coffee shop. Wait till they go to the movies. Wait till they go anywhere we see them.”
“Make your voice heard,” Epps-Addison said. “Do not be calm. Do not be silenced. Do not be patient.”
In June, Waters told her supporters at a rally in Los Angeles that if they see anybody from Trump’s Cabinet in public, they should “create a crowd” and “push back on them.”
“And you tell them they’re not welcome anymore, anywhere,” she said.
In July, Booker, at the National Conference on Ending Homelessness, urged his audience to “get up in the face of some congresspeople.”
Paul’s wife, Kelley, recently wrote an open letter calling on Booker to condemn the ongoing threats and violence. She said she now sleeps with a loaded gun because of the left-wing threats and the physical attack on her husband by a neighbor.