There is nothing funny about the assault Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul suffered at the hands of an irate neighbor, which left Paul with broken ribs. But such is the spiteful tenor of the times that some people have been making sport of it nonetheless.
It’s not clear what drove the neighbor, Rene Boucher, to attack the senator; rumor says a landscaping dispute caused it, rather than the two men’s starkly different political views. But that hasn’t kept certain commentators from blaming the attack on — you guessed it — Paul’s political views.
Others have gone even further. “God knows, if we had a libertarian neighbor we’d want to beat them,” cracked Jeet Heer, a writer for The New Republic, on Twitter. Jokes about political violence are especially hilarious in today’s environment, aren’t they?
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