Local news footage captured Monday evening's jarring Kentucky scuffle
in which a Rand Paul supporter aggressively stepped on the head of a
Moveon.org protester before a televised Senate debate. The one-minute
video showed campaign supporters grabbing the protester, Lauren
Valle, and throwing her to the ground to restrain her. It drew immediate outrage, forcing both
candidates to decry the incident. Several days later, the now-infamous
"head stomper" and assaulted "head stompee" have been given additional
airtime to voice their wildly varying interpretations of the event.
Interpretation #1: "Head Stomper" Tim Proffit (Rand Paul Supporter, Campaign Volunteer) Proffit tells local station WKYT
that his actions were misunderstood, "I feared for [Rand's] safety," he
explained. What the video doesn't show is Valle's "aggressive
behavior." According to Proffit, Valle "rushed Rand Paul's car three
times" and refused to stop. "We thought she was a danger; we didn't know
what she was doing." After the supporter wrestled Valle to the ground
he stepped on her head because "he can't bend over because of back
problems." Police have charged Mr. Proffit with assault and he will
appear before a judge.
Interpretation #2: "Head Stompee" Lauren Valle (Moveon.org Activist) Rand's
campaign was aware of Valle because she had run local "satirical" events tying Republicans to "corporate America." In a
conversation with MSNBC's Keith Olbermann, she explains that right
before the videotape began Rand Paul supporters formed a "blockade"
around her so she couldn't reach the car to deliver her
message. As she tried to skirt around the supporters they pursued her to
the front of Rand Paul's car (the car is shown in the video) and
"that's when I'm pulled down" and "my head is stomped on." Olbermann
asks her if she was perceived as a threat to Paul's safety, and she
replies that the campaign knew what she was trying to do. She plans to proceed with the legal process in
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