Rand Paul Supporter Assaults Volunteer From MoveOn

October 26, 2010 9:33 am ET — Media Matters Action Network

A few weeks ago, Political Correction reported on the violent results of extreme right-wing rhetoric. In the past year, the increasingly incendiary language of conservative politicians and media figures has too often trickled down to their supporters, who have initiated evocative demonstrations, threats, and outright acts of violence. The latest example was last night in Kentucky, where a supporter of far-right Senate candidate Rand Paul stomped on the head of a volunteer from the progressive group MoveOn.org.  Sam Stein reports:

An ugly scene took place outside the Kentucky Senatorial debate Monday night as what appeared to be a supporter of Republican candidate Rand Paul was captured by a local news affiliate literally stomping the head of a member of the progressive-activist organization MoveOn.org.

The MoveOn volunteer, Lauren Valle, went to the hospital after explaining what had happened to local press. As of 11:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time she remained there, according to another MoveOn official. According to a local Fox station, Valle had attempted to approach Paul before the debate took place, dressed in a blonde wig and with a "RepublicanCorp" sign mocking him as a stooge of special interests.

Attendees around Valle are heard screaming, "get the cops" as cameras captured her being dragged to the pavement by her red sweater. Once on the ground a man wearing white sneakers pushed the sole of his shoe down on her head.


UPDATE: On Fox News this morning, Rand Paul responded to the incident. "We want everybody to be civil," he said, adding that "there was enormous passion on both sides. It really was something where you walk into a daze of lights flashing, people yelling and screaming, bumping up, and it was a bit of a crowd control problem." Watch: