Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul opens up about being surrounded by protesters after leaving White House.
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Rioting and chanting Steve, you can tell that man Steve. You can tell that man behind the mask is Rand, Paul, a bunch of protesters descending on the Kentucky Senator and his wife Kelly as they left the presidents Rnc speech from the White House. Actually it was a longer trip than that. He joins us right now for his first live interview since that confrontation senator good morning. That looks scary yeah. You know my wife and I it was horrific and we had two women with us who were friends of ours. We came out of the speech Steve at the White House and we looked into the street. Our hotel was right across the street from the White House, but he couldnt go because the mob was already chasing people down. That chose to go out that exit, so the secret service says get on a bus and ride to the Trump hotel. So we got on a bus and it took forty five minutes to get through all the mobs and we get there safely and we say well get an uber to go back where we came from and we wanted to be dropped off at
the hotel, but a we got close to it. The streets were blocked and no one would let us through and what happened is there was two blocks and I regret I made this decision, but I said well walk the two blocks. We walked one block, but as we walked one block, we could see police in the distance, but we also saw a mob of about thirty people marching and yelling. They all of a sudden saw me right as we got to the police. Unfortunately, I dont think we would have survived. We got to the policeman and I dont think recognized me and as they came closer, they were shouting my name and the crowd doubled to sixty, and then it doubled again to one hundred and twenty and as they were, surround ing us and it got closer and closer and everybody kept pushing back. The policemen were forming a barricade with their bodies and I wispered they know who I am youve got to get reinforcement its going to get worse. He called for reinforcement, but we didnt get any we waited, but the crowd was getting bigger and bigger and pushing in they were yelling threats. They were trying to push the police over to get to me.
They were grabbing at us and it got worse and worse and worse and finally, we decided to make a move. I said: weve got to move, theres, not reinforcement. We have to try to get to the hotel, which was another block and they were shouting threats to us to kill us to hurt us but also threats, saying shout shouting say her name and its, like you couldnt reason with this, but im. Actually the author of the Taylor LAW to end no knock raids. So the irony is lost on these idiots. They are trying to kill the person actually trying to get rid of no knock raids and they were shouting and screaming, and really these people were UN hinged. But I cant tell you how im not sure we would have made it so as were walking sort of surrounded by the police. Theyre attempting push the police over to get to me. So at one point they push a policeman backwards. He stumbles and hes trying to catch his balance, and I catch the back of him to stabilize him to make
sure hes. Okay, because hes our defend if hes down the mob, is loose on us and youve, seen the pictures of what they do to you. If the police are not there, if you defund the police, if we become Portland, if America becomes Portland whats going to happen, is people are going to be pummeled and kicked in the head and left senseless on the curb that would have happened to us? I promise you had we not had the d dot c police to support us. We are thankful. We have police and weve got to wake up. We cant have the whole country we cant, have Joe Biden, rule the country and have no police. I mean we cant walk down the street in D, DOT c safely, now thats, how bad it is Steve I saw. One police officer was actually using his bicycle to try to keep the crowd back. He fell into you, you almost stumbled and fell down. You and your wife are both okay right. We are, we were unharmed, but you know its still going on this morning. Theres still mobs in the street blocking the streets, and I know it sounds like over the top to
say that people from out of town- but I think, were going to find out that these people are hired and from out of town. Specifically, in our case, I believe they are going to be. People who are involved with the attack on us that actually were paid to come here, are not from Washington D, DOT c and are sort of paid to be anarchists. This is disturbing because really, if youre inciting a riot thats a crime, but if youre paying someone to insight a riot that person needs to go to jail as well, but we cant live this way, its getting worse and worse, I like being free to be able to walk out and go for a walk in the park. We cannot go outside now, its become so dangerous for us, and I dont hear Joe Biden or Kamala Harris saying one thing about the violence. This mob is their voters. This is the new Democrat Party and if we dont resist this United States is going to become Portland were going to become Chicago. All of these failed cities. Democrats have run the president said in his speech. If we allow them to take over the White House, we are going to become Portland. The country will be on fire, we have to have
law and order and we have to support the police. I cant say that strong enough Steve Senator some of the paper s today are reporting that what was being yelled at you was, as you said, say her name Brianna Taylor. You know you said there were obscenities. I would not like you to repeat those, but you said there were threats, tell us what the threats were. Well, the threats were to F, you up, you know to kill you, the threats were if they could get a hold of you, and I truly believe this with every fiber of my being had they gotten at us. They would have gotten us to the ground we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless, youve seen the pictures most of the networks will not show the pictures of this. This is happening in all of our cities and its got to stop and thank God for the police. Had we not gotten to the police. I truly leave that the police saved our lives and we would not
be here today or wed be in a hospital today. Had the police not been there and id like to thank them if theyre watching this, we thanked them last night, but it was still they were trying to get people. You know away from us even in the hotel people were following us into the hotel Steve. Let me ask you this as an exit question, given the fact that you said these people are still on the streets, protesters are still on the streets and we heard from Griff Jenkins about half an hour ago. Apparently, a number of businesses in Washington D, DOT c are boarded up because they are worried about trouble going forward. Does a prominent Republican like yourself, somebody whose very recognizable need to have security to simply walk in the streets of Washington, D, dot, c or major cities in America? Probably yes, from now on, I dont feel it at home. At home, people are so friendly. I can go to the grocery store and I want to live. You know the life of a normal person where I go to the grocery store and buy groceries or stop at
the minute Mart and at home. I do feel that, but this also isnt normal theres, something going on here. This is like the FBI needs involved Steve. What do you mean somethings going on senator? What do you mean? Youve got a feeling tell us what you think my feeling is that there is interstate criminal traffic being paid for across state lines, but you wont know it unless you arrest them. Otherwise, you just think. Oh, these are some normal hoodlums from a big city. I promise you that at least some of the members and the people who attacked us were not from d dot c. They flew here on a plane with fresh new clothes and they were paid to be here. It is a crime to do that and it needs to be traced. The FBI needs to investigate, but the only way you can do it is. You have to arrest people, and usually we say: oh well, you didnt get hurt so were not going to arrest them, they were inciting a riot and they would have killed us. Had the police not been there, they all need to be arrested, an im, not saying forever, but arrested, questioned and say:
where are you staying and the bills need to be subpoenaed by a judge to say who paid for your bill? How did you get here on a plane and staying in a fancy hotel and yet youre, acting like a criminal somethings going on here and its much bigger than people? Think, but the bottom line is we cant? Let the United States become Portland and thats? What my fear is that the United States is going to be on fire if we have no police and look ive been for reform. Ive authored twenty two criminal justice reforms they were yell ing at me were not going to let you go alive unless youll say youre for criminal justice reform and im. Like you idiot, you are so dense that you have no idea that ive been a leading advocate for criminal justice reform with President Obama with President Trump and youre going to try to kill me and ive been trying to help the problems. So this is whats sad but its such lawlessness. If we have this kind of lawlessness, I would say people are going to get killed. People have been killed. You know the former police
chief story was so sorrowful to listen to his wife that was killed in St Louis. The little girl, eight years old, was shot in the middle of the day in Atlanta because they took a wrong turn, but they had let the mob take over a street corner. Armed, we cant let our cities be taken over by these thugs. Steve were glad you are safe, you and your wife Kelly, and we thank you very much for coming on to tell us your story lets see what happens next lets see if there is some sort of an investigation or if it.
Transcript generated on 2020-08-28.