Rand Paul may be the latest Republican to be physically attacked, but he is far from the only one.
In June, a deranged liberal from Illinois who had volunteered on Bernie Sanders’ presidential campaign, drove all the way to Virginia to shoot as many Republicans as he could find, targeting their congressional baseball practice and severely injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, a congressional staffer, and two Capitol Police officers.
Just a month earlier, a liberal activist accosted North Dakota Republican representative Kevin Cramer and shoved fake dollar bills into his suit jacket. Four days before that, a woman was arrested for trying to run Tennessee Congressman David Kustoff off the road. After she pulled over, she “began to scream and strike the windows on Kustoff’s car and even reached inside the vehicle.”
In Florida, the office of Republican Congressman Ted Yoho was vandalized by protesters, and a woman left a voicemail saying, “Next time I see you, I’m going to beat your f**king ass.” Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz received a similar voicemail:
Hey Jason Chaffetz—I suggest you prepare for the battle, motherfucker, and the apocalypse. Because we are going to hunt your ass down, wrap a rope around your neck, and hang you from a lamppost!
That same month, authorities deemed credible a series of threats to Virginia Representative Tom Garrett, including one that read “this is how we’re going to kill your wife.” Other messages threatened to kill Garrett’s children and even his dog. In Tucson, Arizona, the FBI arrested a man for making repeated death threats to Republican Congresswoman Martha McSally.
In February, a violent mob descended on the office of California Congressman Dana Rohrbacher and attacked a 71 year-old staffer, knocking her unconscious. This was the same month that UC-Berkeley students threw rocks through storefront windows and set their own campus on fire because alt-right figure Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak there. Two months later, a speech by conservative writer Ann Coulter had to be cancelled because of similar violence and threats.
At Middlebury College in Vermont, angry liberals attacked political scientist Charles Murray as well as one of the school’s professors, Allison Stranger. She suffered a concussion, while Murray was violently shoved before the mob started attacking the car they jumped in for safety.
In Oregon, the annual Rose Parade had to be cancelled because of threats of physical violence against anyone who dared to march with the Republican Party.
Last October, a Republican field office in North Carolina was firebombed and spray painted with the message “Nazi Republicans get out of town or else.” And the night Donald Trump won the presidency, the president of Cornell University’s College Republicans was violently assaulted.
And that’s just the violence and threats of violence against elected Republicans, their staffers, Republican organizations, or prominent conservative figures. The list of attacks against everyday conservative-leaning citizens is even longer. Just since Donald Trump was elected President a year ago:
An angry liberal high school student in California punched a female classmate in the face after she wrote on social media that she supported Trump. Another California high schooler screamed “You support Trump, you hate Mexicans” as she viciously beat a girl. A high school student in Florida punched a classmate for carrying a Trump sign. A group of high school students in Maryland punched a student demonstrating in support of Trump, then repeatedly kicked him as he lay defenseless on the ground.
And it wasn’t just high school students: A group of elementary students in Texas attacked a classmate who voted for Trump in a mock election.
A group of African-American men in Chicago viciously beat a white man while screaming at him that he voted for Trump. In a separate incident in Chicago, a group of people beat a man following a minor car accident. As they attacked him, they screamed “You voted Trump!”
A self-described anti-bullying ambassador shoved a 74 year-old man to the ground while protesting Trump’s win outside of Trump Tower. In Connecticut, two men attacked a man who was holding a Trump sign and an American flag.
During the airport protests following the announcement of President Trump’s so-called travel ban, a mob knocked a pro-Trump demonstrator unconscious. That same month, a Trump supporter was attacked while trying to put out a fire started by an anti-Trump mob.
A former professor at Diablo Valley College in California inflicted “significant injuries” on three Trump supporters when he beat them with a U-shaped bicycle lock. And in Indiana, state police said a driver fired several shots at a truck with a “Make America Great Again” flag and an American flag on it.
The grand total is nearly 30 politically-motivated violent incidents on conservatives in just over a year—an average of more than two per month—all committed by angry liberals.
So much for liberalism being the ideology of peace and tolerance, huh?
O’Donnell didn’t mention all the harassment (including Gov. Scott Walker’s parents) and threats that took place in the wake of the Act 10 debate, which no liberal in this state criticized even once.
Apparently more conservatives need to start carrying guns.