Several of Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) neighbors have spoken out against reports that a "landscaping dispute" led to fellow neighbor Rene Boucher's attack on Rand, which left the senator hospitalized with six broken ribs and a buildup of excess fluid outside the lungs.
What did the report say?
In a Washington Examiner report published on Friday, several of Paul's neighbors spoke out about the incident.
The report said that Boucher's Facebook page was filled with anti-GOP sentiments, calling for both the impeachment of President Donald Trump and Special Counsel Robert Mueller to "fry Trump's gonads."
According to screenshots obtained by the Examiner, Boucher was also part of the #NeverTrump social media movement.
Boucher's lawyer has maintained that there was no political motivation behind the attack, but instead that Rand was a negligent landscaper.
What did the neighbors say?
Neighbors have countered the claim that Boucher's attack on Rand was based on a dispute over yard maintenance, telling the Examiner that Rand's yard is nothing short of pristine.
"The Pauls' landscaping looks just like everyone’s place in Rivergreen," one of Paul's neighbors said. "Wish I could get him to cut my lawn. As a friend, neighbor and senator, Rand has been first class in every way. What I find amazing is the fact that he cuts his own grass. Our neighborhood is fortunate that the Pauls live here."
A second neighbor added, "The stories of a ‘landscaping dispute’ or a dispute of any sort between Rand Paul and Rene Boucher are erroneous and unfounded. The reason for Mr. Boucher’s bizarre attack is known only to him. Statements to the contrary are irresponsible and unnecessary."
The neighbor continued, "Speculation regarding Boucher’s motive has led to an unfair characterization of the Pauls and their home. The Pauls are and always have been great neighbors and friends. They take pride in their property and maintain it accordingly. Rand has enjoyed working on and maintaining his lawn for as long as I have known him."
Other neighbors interviewed expressed their shock at how Boucher could so viciously attack the senator, who was oblivious to an impending assault and was even wearing earplugs at the time.
Another neighbor, who was clearly shocked by the assault, said that the attack could have "killed Rand if a rib had punctured a lung, or worse yet, the heart."
The New York Times reported last week that a lengthy landscaping disagreement was the catalyst of Boucher's attack on Rand.
As a result of the incident, Boucher was charged with single misdemeanor assault.
He pleads not guilty.