Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said on Monday that there’s “no justification” for his neighbor’s attack, according to The Daily Caller.
Paul’s neighbor, Rene Boucher, tackled him from behind earlier this month while he was mowing his lawn. Paul suffered six broken ribs and a damaged lung.
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“From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is,” Paul told the Washington Examiner. “I’m just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I’ve hurt for 10 days.”
“There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs, so no, there is no justification for something like that,” he added.
Paul also shut down reports that the confrontation was the result of an ongoing feud between the two men.
“My first encounter was basically being hit in the back,” he said. “We’ve never had words over anything, we’ve never had a dispute or discussion or word.”
Another neighbor defended the Pauls, saying Boucher’s attack didn’t make sense.
“My family has lived here for six years now. In all the years that I have been on board we have never had any complaints at all about anything from them or against the Pauls,” one neighbor, Shawn Parker, told TheDC. “I pass by their house everyday as my family lives diagonally across the street from them. When we see Rand out riding his bike or Kelley out walking in the beautiful neighborhood we live in they have always waved or even stopped to say hello.”