The arrest of liberal activist Rene Boucher for tackling and assaulting Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) in just the latest incident in a wave of political violence against Republicans, according to arrest and media records.
The Liberal Violence Database maintained by American Liberty PAC finds that in just the last six months, 35 Republican lawmakers have been the target of threats, physical assaults or assassination attempts.
The actual number is likely higher. Many arrests are not publicized by law enforcement, and arrests for threats against state-level lawmakers often go entirely unreported.
When counted as targets, the number rises to 37. Both Paul and Arizona Senators Jeff Flake appear in the Database twice. Both were shot at by Democrat James Hodgkinson, and in July an Arizona man was arrested for calling Flake’s office and threatening to kill him.
Three of the arrests were for physical attacks on Republican lawmakers. Along with the assault on Paul, North Dakota Congressman Kevin Kramer was grabbed around the throat at a town hall meeting by a rabid liberal, and a Tennessee woman was arrested for using her car to force Republican Congressman David Kuster off the road, at which point she exited her vehicle and tried to reach into his car to attack him.
12 individuals have been arrested since May for death threats against Republican lawmakers, and Hodgkinson targeted 21 Republican lawmakers in his mass assassination attempt before police shot and killed the MSNBC fan.
Liberal violence has grown so out of control that death threats against EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt have forced the agency to spend $2 million on additional security to avoid assassination.