Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulVaccine 'resisters' are a real problem Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Journalist Dave Levinthal discusses 'uptick' in congressional stock trade violations MORE is opening up about getting attacked by his neighbor, saying the man “must have lost it.”
“I’ve been through a lot, but I’m on the mend,” the Kentucky Republican told Stephen Colbert during a Wednesday interview on CBS's “The Late Show.”
Last November, Paul’s neighbor in the Bluegrass State, Rene Boucher, allegedly “had enough” after seeing the lawmaker stack brush onto a pile near the senator’s property, according to court documents.
Boucher ran onto Paul’s property and tackled him, according to the same documents. The attack left Paul with six broken ribs.
Boucher's lawyer said last month that his client intends to plead guilty to a federal felony charge. Prosecutors plan to recommend a 21-month prison sentence.
On Wednesday, Paul suggested the incident may have been “some kind of rage reaction.”
“I’m really proud of my yard,” Paul exclaimed to Colbert. “How could someone be so mad about grass clippings?”
“If it was a fight over clipping piles, or an attack over clipping piles, that is the most suburban white man thing I have ever heard,” Colbert quipped.
“I think that we sometimes we are channeling a lot of rage on both sides — politically, and otherwise, grass clippings, you name it. We’re unhappy with each other,” Paul said.
“I think sometimes we see people on television and we think that person’s not human, they don’t hurt. But I can say look, I was human,” the 55-year-old former presidential candidate continued.
Paul said “a lot of people made light” of the incident, but it left him “very sick,” including getting pneumonia twice.
“I think there’s a way we ought to be able to have disagreements and figure out ways to get beyond it — if they’re political disagreements or other. I think we try to do some of that with Congress,” Paul said.
“It sort of gets lost in all of the clutter of everything else we talk about, but sort of the unwritten story is that there’s more discussions going across party lines than you would ever believe,” he told Colbert.
Paul, who was also involved in a separate attack last June when a gunman opened fire on a GOP congressional baseball practice, expressed optimism about the future.
“I’ve been shot at, I’ve been mugged. I’m hoping 2018’s a better year.”