(National Sentinel) Political Violence: Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., gave his first interview this week after suffering several broken ribs when he was attacked at his home by a neighbor, saying he did not see it coming.

Paul told the Washington Examiner he was attacked from behind in an assault that left him with six broken ribs and fluid in his lung.

Paul elaborated on the incident and his relationship with the neighbor who allegedly attacked him, Rene Boucher, who may face federal charges over the assault. He returned to work this week.

“We’ve never had words over anything, we’ve never had a dispute or discussion or words,” he said.

Paul Bedard of the Washington Examiner wrote that the senator still suffered from labored breathing and difficulty talking during their conversation.

Some early reports about the attack claimed that it stemmed from an argument over landscaping. But Paul said that’s not the case as he hadn’t spoken to Boucher in several years.

Paul added that from his perspective, the intent behind the attack wasn’t a concern.

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“From my perspective, I’m not really too concerned about what someone’s motive is,” he said. “I’m just concerned that I was attacked from the back and somebody broke six of my ribs and gave me a damaged lung where at least for now I have trouble speaking and breathing and now I’ve hurt for 10 days.”

Even the most honorable of causes does not excuse such an attack, Paul added.

“There is no motive that would justify hitting somebody from behind and breaking their ribs and damaging their lungs, so no, there is no justification for something like that.”

The Kentucky Republican has been told to prepare for months of recovery.

“I would assume it gets better,” he said, noting that while the pain is less, he is still recovering from the trauma of the attack.

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