Republican Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul and a senior staffer were confronted by two people while eating lunch in a California restaurant Friday. While one seemed calm and interested in a discussion, the other quickly took things to another level.
Paul’s deputy chief of staff, Sergio Gor, posted a short video of part of the interaction on Twitter.
“While having lunch with @RandPaul in California, we got verbally assaulted by these aggressive libs complaining about incivility,” Gor wrote Friday evening. “Check out the vid! #unhinged.”
While having lunch with @RandPaul in California, we got verbally assaulted by these aggressive libs complaining about incivility. Check out the vid! #unhinged pic.twitter.com/IdOTdc3pOC
— Sergio Gor (@SergioGor) October 18, 2019
The beginning of the video shows a man talking calmly and insisting he’s “not being rude” and that he has “a right to speak” to Paul because the senator is a public official.
A woman can be seen recording with her phone, then making a gesture before shouting, “You just ran into two people from New York, kiddo, and we’re not putting up with your Republican bullshit!”
Meanwhile, the man tries to continue the conversation: “All I am saying is that while you and I possibly, probably, don’t have much in common politically, alright? We are Americans.” (RELATED: Mitch McConnell Confronted By Angry Diners At Louisville Restaurant)
The short video does not show the beginning or the end of the conversation.
Paul responded Friday night via Twitter, contrasting the “incivility” blamed on President Trump with what was witnessed at the restaurant.
The left blames incivility on @realDonaldTrump. Watch this video and decide who the rude ones are… https://t.co/qtEx0wLH2A
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) October 18, 2019
The Daily Caller reached out to Senator Paul’s office for comment.