GLENN: Okay. What the heck happened with Rand Paul and his neighbor? Because this story is -- it's been a week now since Rand Paul was attacked in his front yard, but the story remains a mystery. And something isn't right.
The inconsistencies are just bizarre. First, it was initially reported that Paul's injuries were minor. Just a few nicks and scratches on his face, and a sore side. We now know all of those injuries were severely underreported. Paul suffered six, we were told at first. Well, third. Five broken ribs. Now it's six broken ribs. Bruises on his lungs. Three of the broken ribs were displaced fractures which could have led to internal bleeding and even death. These are not, quote, minor injuries.
There's only one way to describe this, and that is a vicious attack. The next inconsistency was the motive. Initially it was said the attack was a result of a long-running feud the two men had over leaves and lawn clippings. Well, that makes sense, maybe, in an upside down world, if he had minor knicks and scrapes. But one neighbor now said, the two men haven't spoken to each other in several years, which seems to back up a statement made my Senator Paul's adviser, Doug Stafford who said, the first conversation with the attacker happened when Senator Paul's ribs were broken. This was not a fight. It was a blind side, violent attack by a disturbed person. End quote.
Another neighbor told reporters yesterday that the motive couldn't have been about leaves and stray grass, saying that Paul had one of the most trim and tidy landscaped yards on the street.
An FBI investigation has begun to determine if the attack was motivated by politics. We know that the attacker hates Donald Trump, the G.O.P., follows Occupy Democrats and social media. Makes anti-Republican posts on Facebook. And we also know the left is becoming increasingly more violent. And not only is it getting worse, but it's becoming more accepted.
Try this: An unnamed person in Congress told a CNN reporter, quote, can you mangle living next door to that guy? I'm pulling for the neighbor, end quote.
Is this congressman actually glorifying a possible politically motivated attack on a sitting senator that resulted in six broken ribs with a bruised lung.
Isn't this what happened before the Civil War? Welcome to the new norm in violent US politics.