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Both sides?

By Amanda Marcotte
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 14:19 EDT
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I’m sure everyone reading this has already seen this story about what looks like at least three Rand Paul supporters grabbing a MoveOn activist who was handing out fliers/doing political theater outside the Paul/Conway debate last night. They grab the woman, carefully hold her down, and start to curb stomp her when someone waves at the guy doing the stomping and calls him off after he stomps her the first time. It’s not a full-blown skinhead-style curb stomp—the woman was able to talk to reporters before she was taken to the hospital, and she has all her teeth and everything, and I’m sure she’s okay—but god only knows how bad it would have gotten if they weren’t called off. They are, if you watch the video, being very deliberate about it, carefully holding her down and positioning her.

Which all makes the Paul campaign’s reaction worse:

We understand that there was an altercation outside of the debate between supporters of both sides and that is incredibly unfortunate. Violence of any kind has no place in our civil discourse and we urge supporters on all sides to be civil to one another as tensions rise heading toward this very important election.

This is sniveling, cowardly, and frankly sick. There were no “both sides”. There was a group of large men that support Paul that attacked a single, much smaller female MoveOn activist. She was not being violent towards them. Handing out fliers and doing political theater at a debate can’t even really be called “annoying”. The word is “expected”. I expected an immediate and routine disavowal of any responsibility for the violence, but trying to play it off like it was “both sides”? That’s some sick shit. It’s cowardly. Of course, I wouldn’t expect any less of Rand Paul, who has above all other things during this election, proven himself to be a whiny crybaby, a coward who acts like he has convictions and then whines and runs the second anyone argues with him, and a childish brat who probably hasn’t grown up a day since his Aqua Buddha years.

Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte
Amanda Marcotte is a freelance journalist born and bred in Texas, but now living in the writer reserve of Brooklyn. She focuses on feminism, national politics, and pop culture, with the order shifting depending on her mood and the state of the nation.
 
 
 
 
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