Rand Paul Attacker Likes Bernie Sanders, Hates Trump
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) was assaulted at his Bowling Green, Ky., home on Friday and sustained minor injuries. According to police, Rene Boucher has been arrested for the assault. Boucher is a 59-year-old anesthesiologist who supports Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on universal health care and has widely shared his fierce opposition to President Donald Trump.
Among other things, Boucher wrote on Facebook, "May Robert Mueller fry Trump's gonads."
Paul also got caught up in the infamous attack at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game in June, when a Bernie Sanders supporter opened fire, seriously injuring House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.). Paul seems unable to catch a break.
"On Friday, November 3, 2017 at 3:21 p.m., KSP Troopers responded to the residence of Rand Paul in Warren County, in reference to a report of an assault," Kentucky State Police said in a news release Saturday. "Upon their arrival, it was determined that Rene Boucher had intentionally assaulted Paul causing a minor injury." A record from Warren County Regional Jail confirmed that Boucher was booked at 8:51 p.m. Friday. Neighbors report that Sen. Paul was mowing his lawn at the time of the attack and that the two neighbors have been embroiled in an ongoing dispute.
While the Kentucky State Police did not reveal more details about Boucher, PJ Media found his Facebook page.
The page did not have up-to-date information as to Boucher's photo or his current location. The profile marked Boucher as practicing "anesthesiology in San Francisco," but his most recent Facebook activity was not in that area. He claims to have been an anesthesiologist in the Army from 1985-1993.
PJ Media confirmed his residence in Bowling Green, Ky., by examining his recent reviews of local businesses. According to his Facebook profile, Boucher reviewed By Pass Animal Clinic about two months back, and Hiller Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical about eight months ago. Both businesses are located in Bowling Green, and suggest this is the right Boucher.
Furthermore, many health sites have a profile for an anesthesiologist in Bowling Green by the name of Rene Boucher. Examples include md.com, HealthGrades.com, and U.S. News & World Report. The U.S. News & World Report profile even adds that Dr. Boucher received a medical degree from Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
This little investigation confirmed that the Rene Boucher who attacked Rand Paul is also the Rene Boucher who reposts anti-Trump memes and stories, and shares posts from Bernie Sanders.
Boucher shared a meme from "Proud Liberals" calling Trump a liar. In May, he shared a post from the page "Impeach Trump, Impeach Pence, Keep Impeaching." He shared a photo of the Time magazine cover with the White House turned into the Kremlin. He quoted an ex-CIA official who called Trump the "Sissy in chief."
Boucher did not share many original thoughts, but there was this nugget from May 17: "May Robert Mueller fry Trump's gonads."
"Trump firing everyone who investigates him. TOTALITARIANISM," he wrote in another May post. Then there's this: "SUB-ZERO: The intelligence level or [sic] Trump supporters."
Perhaps more importantly, Boucher has repeatedly supported Sen. Sanders' proposal for universal health care. He shared a Sanders meme depicting the U.S. as the "only major country" without universal health care.
Boucher also shared a video of Bernie Sanders mocking President Trump on universal health care.
Unfortunately, Boucher has no public political posts before 2017, so it is hard to tell whether or not he was a Bernie Sanders supporter during the Democratic primaries last year. Given his firm anti-Trump stance and his sharing multiple Sanders memes, however, it stands to reason.
James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire at the Republican practice for the Congressional Baseball Game, was a firm Sanders supporter (and he "liked" the Southern Poverty Law Center, a group that arguably inspired terrorism on Facebook). Boucher may be the second Bernie Sanders supporter to attack Republicans this year — and to attack Rand Paul specifically.
According to reports, Paul will make a full recovery, and the assault only caused a "minor injury." Even so, police suggested this 59-year-old man intentionally attacked the senator. Could Sanders' activism have inspired him?