Actress and comic Bette Midler reacted to Sen. Rand Paul’s effort to stall Senate passage of the massive spending budget by urging an attack on him like the November assault by a neighbor that caused severe injuries.

During Paul’s floor challenge to the budget, hailed by deficit hawks, Midler tweeted: “Where’s Rand Paul’s neighbor when we need him?”

One of Paul’s top aides, Sergio Gor tweeted back, “This is disgusting @BetteMidler calling for violence. She should be ashamed.”

Midler’s tweet was an apparent reference to Rene A. Boucher, 58, of Bowling Green, Ky., who has admitted to a sneak attack on Paul as he did yard work, upset at the job the senator was doing.

Paul suffered broken ribs, bruises to his lungs and cuts to his nose and mouth. In an interview shortly after the attack, Paul had difficulty breathing and speaking. He also contracted pneumonia.

Boucher pleaded guilty and faces 21 months in prison.

Midler uses Twitter to rant against Republicans and President Trump.

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