In November, Rand Paul suffered 6 broken ribs (including 3 displaced fractures), bruises to his lungs, and a pleural effusion after a neighbor attacked him from behind while he was mowing his yard.  

Was the attack politically motivated?  Paul’s bellicose neighbor is a staunch Democrat while Sen. Paul has been described as a conservative/libertarian.  A quick perusal of the neighbor’s social media indicates he was no fan of Republicans.  But the media could hardly be bothered to report on it.  In fact, GQ magazine even victim blamed Sen. Paul for his own attack.

Paul is now speaking out about his recovery, which he called “a living hell.”  The Hill has the details:

“It was sort of a living hell for the first four or five weeks,” Paul told CBS News’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday.

“Couldn’t get out of bed without assistance. Six broken ribs, damage to my lungs two bouts of pneumonia,” he continued. . . .

The incident marked the second time Paul had been attacked last year after he and other members of the GOP congressional baseball team were shot at during practice in June.

The senator was not shot in the attack.

Paul went on to discuss the safety of elected officials while not in the capitol.

“I was also at the baseball field when we were shot at with semiautomatic fire,” he said.

“People don’t want to think it is open season on our elected officials.”

However, it really is open season — at least on conservatives, and the media is complicit in refusing to report on these incidents.  For example, James T. Hodgkinson — who supported Bernie Sanders for President — tried to assassinate Steve Scalise. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai had to cancel a speaking appearance after receiving death threats.

The left has been threatening violence against conservatives for months and months — and, in Paul’s case, actually delivering violence. But it’s obvious the mainstream media refuses to give one ounce of attention to the plight of conservatives.  What I wrote in November still holds true today. “The left pretends to be tolerant, but their fake concern disappears precisely where political disagreement begins and they allow their anti-American violence to take hold. They need to restrain themselves before more violence occurs.”

And, if the Left can’t restrain itself, at least the media could conjure enough sympathy to actually report it.

Image Credit: Gage Skidmore on Flickr

Hat Tip: The Hill

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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