Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed he was “attacked” after President Donald Trump’s Republican National Convention speech on Thursday.
A video showed protesters confronting attendees who watched Trump’s speech at the White House, including Paul and his wife.
Police escorted the couple to their hotel as the group continued to follow them.
At one point, an officer who was using his bike to push back protesters got shoved back and appeared to fall over on top of Paul.
Paul says he was “attacked”:
Just got attacked by an angry mob of over 100, one block away from the White House,” Paul tweeted. “Thank you to @DCPoliceDept for literally saving our lives from a crazed mob.”
Paul later told Fox News that the group tried to push the officer to get to him.
"They're attempting to push the police over to get to me, so at one point they push a policeman backwards, he stumbles and he's trying to catch his balance and I catch the back of his flak jacket to stabilize him to make sure he's OK because he's our defense," Paul said. "If he's down, the mob's loose on us."
Paul thinks he could have been killed:
"I truly believe this with every fiber of my being, had they gotten at us they would have gotten us to the ground, we might not have been killed, might just have been injured by being kicked in the head, or kicked in the stomach until we were senseless," Paul told Fox News.
Paul described a video from Portland where he saw people beaten.
"That would have happened to us, I promise you, had we not had the D.C. Police to support us, we are thankful we have police, and we've got to wake up,” he said. “We can't have the whole country, we can't have Joe Biden rule the country and have no police. I mean, we can't walk down the street in D.C. safely now. That's how bad it is."