Man arrested for threatening to chop up Sen. Rand Paul and family with an ax

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Published: Jul. 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM CDT
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A man has been arrested after threatening to “chop up” Sen. Rand Paul and his family with an ax.

Sen. Paul said Monday at the Grayson County Rotary meeting that he is becoming increasingly more concerned for his and his family's safety especially after the November altercation in which he was assaulted by his neighbor.

According to Sen. Paul, Capitol Police arrested the man accused of threatening him.

"It's just horrendous that we're having to deal with things like this," said Paul. "I've had this year where it's becoming more and more aware that we have these real threats out there."

Sen. Paul told the crowd at the meeting that something needs to be done to bridge the gap of political differences in this country.

Paul tweeted about the incident Monday:

Rand Paul pointed toward national media coverage of hot-button issues as a possible reason for a political divide, and he wants to remind people that lashing out across the aisle is not the answer.

Paul says he often works with Democrats on issues, but that's not what sells to the public.

"The norm in Washington is not anger," he said. "The norm is not fights and violence, so we need to tell the public that really we can have disagreements, we can have a debate without it resorting to violence."

Some details previously reported in this story have been removed and were unable to be independently confirmed.