The big, brave man who stepped on a woman’s head as another man held her down last night has been identified: he’s the Rand Paul county co-ordinator for Bourbon County, whose endorsement is featured in a Rand Paul newspaper ad that ran today.
Here’s a pic Rand Paul wishes didn’t exist.
According to a detailed account by the victim, the assault was pre-meditated and coordinated. The coward issued a highly modified apology: he’s sorry “if it appeared overly forceful.” Yes, it would be too bad if it appeared to be “overly forceful;” the reality, of course, doesn’t count.
The campaign has decided to dump the perp. No word yet of any phone call from the candidate to the victim, who suffered a concussion. Note that last night, when the police were trying to figure out who the stomper was, people in the campaign certainly knew, but apparently didn’t bother to share that information; as of this afternoon, police were saying that they intended to ask the campaign for help in making an identification.
The police are treating this as a misdemeanor; I don’t know Kentucky law, but in Massachusetts a shod foot is a “weapon” for the purposes of the assault-with-a-deadly weapon statute. And there might be federal civil-rights charges, since making fun of a Senate candidate is certainly a federally guaranteed right.
Local police have issued Mr. Profitt a summons.
So this case isn’t parallel to instances where random people tagged as “supporters” of one side or another have committed assault. This was a group of men, one of them at least with an official connection to the campaign, deliberately assaulting a lone woman. In that regard, it’s more like the incident in Alaska where someone serving as a “security guard” for the Republican Senate candidate handcuffed an obnoxious journalist based on a “trespass” in a public building and an “assault” of which had no evidence.
When political groups begin to use violence against their opponents, it’s not a good sign for a republic. Just sayin’.