A woman protesting against Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul outside Monday night's debate was dragged to the ground and had her head "stomped" by a sneaker-wearing old man. Kentucky: You need to take a chill pill.
The woman, Lauren Valle, is a Pennsylvania-based volunteer for the liberal organization MoveOn. She's apparently okay, and the police are describing her injuries as "minor," though she did go to the hospital complaining of "injury to the temple area."
Valle was at the debate wearing a blonde wig and carrying a sign that said "RepubliCorp." She explained the nature of her stunt to local television station WDRB:
"I'm here to present Rand Paul with the 'Employee of the Month' award, however his supporters were not very nice to me and my message which is same as everyone else. I got my head stepped on and I have a bit of a headache."
According to the Lexington Police Department, Valle was accosted while trying to reach Paul and get her picture taken, at which point "she was either tripped on purpose or pushed to the ground." And, as if that wasn't gruesome enough, some nutbar—as you can see in the video—stepped on her head. The people who committed the assault are still unknown.
I don't think this needs saying, but, look, everyone, please listen very carefully: You don't step on people's heads. Ever! Okay? Even if you disagree with them; even if they're pulling a silly stunt on the candidate of your choice; even if you are a hysterical old white person scared to death of imaginary communists. Even if Glenn Beck implies that it's okay to use violence in pursuit of your political goals! Because, repeat after me: You don't step on people's heads.
(The debate itself, in case you were wondering, went pretty poorly, and culminated with Paul refusing to shake the hand of his opponent, Democratic Attorney General Jack Conway, which is sort of rude, but hey, at least he didn't force him to the ground and stomp his head.)