Does it really seem fair to blame the victim for a vicious, below-the-belt surprise assault on a man mowing his own lawn?

Apparently it does to Jack Moore at GQ magazine, who wants to believe it was actually Senator Rand Paul’s (R-KY) fault that he suffered bruised lungs and five broken ribs after a disturbing attack by a neighbor. “Well, it turns out that Rand Paul is a bit of an a–hole about his yard,” wrote Moore.

The GQ contributor made the assertion based on a New York Times story claiming Paul had an obsession with yard maintenance. According to reports, Rene Boucher, a retired anesthesiologist who lived next door, charged and tackled Paul as he dismounted his riding mower.

The story comes after lefty news media spun the story as a “minor property dispute“. Since that narrative has failed, the only attempt at saving face is by victim-shaming.

“So, let’s read between the lines a bit here,” Moore writes. “Rand Paul is an a–hole neighbor.”

Furthermore, there is now evidence that political disagreements also contributed to the attack on Senator Paul. Local citizens say the 59-year-old man who assaulted Paul was a socialist who often fought with neighbors about health care policies and other liberal issues.

This comes after Boucher’s attorney, Matthew Baker, claimed that politics played no part in the beating. “The unfortunate occurrence of November 3 has absolutely nothing to do with either’s politics or political agendas,” Baker said.

“It was a very regrettable dispute between two neighbors over a matter that most people would regard as trivial.”

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